The 37th edition of the State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America commemorates the milestones that have occurred in black history in the 50 years since the height of the civil rights movement. This year’s publication features essays by an esteemed group of thought-leaders from leading corporations, not-for-profit organizations, academia and news media, as well as members of the President’s cabinet and federal lawmakers. The State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America also includes a commemorative Special Collection of essays that pay homage to the early freedom fighters in the civil rights movement. This Special Collection includes reflections from those who were in the vanguard of the civil rights, such as Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and those who have joined in the struggle, such as Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH).
A Retrospective Look at Equality in America
While African Americans have experienced tremendous gains in educational attainment since the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom and these gains have increased their capacity to ascend the economic ladder, the distance between blacks and whites on this ladder hasn’t changed much over the last 50 years.
Different Perspectives on the Equality Index:
In the analysis of the 2013 Equality Index, the National Urban League takes a closer look at current racial gaps in unemployment and income in relation to differences in education, economic status, and geographic location. In light of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, this special edition of the Equality Index features perspectives from noted champions of social and economic equality.
William C. Bell, Ph.D.
Stefanie Brown James
John Hope Bryant
Gail Christopher, Ph.D.
Marian Wright Edelman
Michael K. Fauntroy
The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
Darrell J. Gaskins, Ph.D.
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Chanelle P. Hardy, Esq.
The Honorable Dot Harris
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Frederick S. Humphries Jr.
Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D.
Ambassador Ron Kirk
Thomas A LaVeist, Ph.D.
The Honorable John Lewis
John W. Mack
Cynthia G. Marshall
Brenda W. McDuffie
Marc H. Morial
Laura W. Murphy
john a. powell
Patrick Richard, Ph.D.
Reverend Al Sharpton
Vincent E. Watts
Edith G. White
Valerie R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief / Chanelle P. Hardy, Esq.
Executive Editor / Hazeen Y. Ashby, Esq.
Senior Editor / Pamela Rucker Springs
Managing Director / Amber C. Jaynes
Creative Director / Rhonda Spears Bell
Business Manager / Cara McKinley
Staff Editors / Jacqueline Ayers, Suzanne Bergeron, Shree Chauhan, Garrick T. Davis, Valerie Wilson and Madura Wijewardena
Editorial Assistant / Tiffany Harrison
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