The National Urban League ( is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 88 affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy work from its Washington, D.C. bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB-accredited organization, has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance, fiscal responsibility and other best practices.ABOUT THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUECONTENTS NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE3 About the National Urban League4 About the State of Black America5 Understanding the 2017 Equality Index™6 From the President’s Desk Marc H. Morial8 Overview of 2017 National Urban League Equality Index™ Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Ph.D.12 Overview of 2017 Metropolitan Unemployment Equality Index14 Overview of 2017 Metropolitan Income Equality Index16 Contributors & Article Excerpts18 Solutions Circle Authors19 National Urban League Affiliates
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