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Since the March 19 unveiling of the National Urban League’s 2015 The State of Black America (SOBA) report, NewsOne has been covering the findings through articles and infographics created in partnership with the civil rights organization. 

Now, through the end of March, we’ll be running a 7-part video series of conversations around the report. Those weighing in include Angela Rye of IMPACT Strategies; Rev. Lennox Yearwood of Hip Hop Caucus, David Johns of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Bevy Smith of Bravo’s Fashion Queens, and Janaye Ingram of National Action Network.

The 2015 State of Black America report, now available at, focuses on the theme “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice.” Now in its 39th edition, SOBA provides benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics education, health, social justice and civic engagement. Each annual edition contains commentary and analysis from leading figures and thought leaders in politics, the corporate arena, NGOs, academia and popular culture.

As for the data compiled for the various indices in the report, Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson of the Economic Policy Institute explains, “We use these statistics to compare the relative status of Blacks, Whites and Latinos in the various areas.”

In the teaser video above, you’ll see Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, weigh in on a number of topics. With regard to education Morial said, “If our children are of paramount importance to our future as people and as a nation and as communities — then I don’t think there is a limit to what we should be willing to do.”


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