2016 State of Black America Spotlight Essay
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary
of the State of Black America®
By Michael F. Neidorff
As chairman of the board of the National Urban League, the board and I are pleased to present to you the 40th anniversary publication of the State of Black America®. This year’s theme is Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice. The work we do as the National Urban League focuses on securing economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights for African Americans in communities across the country. Economic indicators and experts agree that our country continues to make progress since the Great Recession, but for many African Americans and others in urban and low-income communities, wide gaps of inequality in income, housing and education remain.