The National Urban League’s annual presentation of The State of Black America report will be televised nationally on Sunday, giving the country a closer look at what the celebrated civil rights organization said were the most important conditions facing the African-American community.
TV One will be exclusively broadcasting the show at 8 p.m. this Sunday.
This year’s report, “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution,” set out to answer the question, “Are the new job, business and educational opportunities created by increased digitization of our world being equally shared?”
NUL President Marc Morial said he wants to use this year’s State of Black America as another stepping stone in the right direction.
“We’re focusing not only on inequities, we’re focusing on how to make the digital divide a fountain of digital opportunity,” Morial explained. “But we need the commitment of the leaders of these companies to step up. For them to be true leaders, they’ve got to commit to diversity as an animating spirit, as a fundamental value, and I hope that this report is going to prompt them to do this.”
Moderated by Roland Martin, the special will also put a spotlight on “benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics (including employment, income and housing), education, health, social justice and civic engagement,” the National Urban League (NUL) said in advance of the event.
Martin and Morial were joined by civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump; Brittney Cooper, professor and author of Beyond Respectability; media personality Angela Yee; Damon Young, Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of VerySmartBrothas; Linda Goler Blount, CEO and President of Black Women’s Health Imperative; Shermichael Singleton, Political Strategist and Jason Towns, Managing Partner at Groundwork Ventures.
It brought “together some of our nation’s greatest thought leaders, journalists and public figures for a powerful and honest dialogue on what the latest report reveals about the future of urban America and the Black community,” the NUL said.
The special will focus in on the cities of Buffalo, New York, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, particularly as they relate to education, entrepreneurship, wealth building, youth and mentoring, jobs and workforce reentry, and housing.
“Each city will be tied to an individual pillar and community program, focused on its impact and what could happen if the program were to be removed,” the NUL added.
The full report is available at www.StateOfBlackAmerica.com, a website that includes the commentary and analysis of more than 50 thought leaders in business, government, science and the arts.