About SOBA

The State of Black America®, the National Urban League’s seminal annual publication, now in its 41st edition, has become one of the most highly-anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation. Each edition of the State of Black America® contains thoughtful commentary and insightful analysis from leading figures and thought leaders in politics, the corporate arena, NGOs, academia and popular culture.

The State of Black America® also includes the National Equality Index™, a quantitative tool for tracking racial equality in America, now in its 13th edition of the Black-White Index and its eighth edition of the Hispanic-White Index. This year’s report features the fourth edition of the Metropolitan Area Equality Index, ranking roughly 70 metro areas based on unemployment and income inequality for both Blacks and Hispanics.

New to this year’s edition is the “Solutions Circle,” a special feature that shines a well-deserved spotlight on the innovative, solutions-oriented programming offered by select National Urban League affiliates.

Access and experience all that the 2017 State of Black America has to offer, including complete data sets and expert analysis for the 2017 National Equality Index; full city lists of the Black-White and Hispanic-White Metropolitan Area Equality Index rankings for unemployment and income; ready-for-download versions of the Main Street Marshall Plan and the Executive Summary; complete essays from our guest contributors and “Solutions Circle” authors; as well as additional data, report findings and press materials.