National Urban League: Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites Widens

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Morial said the 37th edition of the State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America also commemorates the milestones that have occurred in black history in the 50 years since the height of the civil rights movement.

This year’s publication features essays by an esteemed group of leaders from leading corporations, not-for-profit organizations, academia and news media, as well as members of the president’s cabinet and federal lawmakers. The State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America also includes a commemorative Special Collection of essays that pay homage to the early freedom fighters in the civil rights movement.

This Special Collection includes reflections from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH).

In addition to the State of the Black Union report, the Urban League, earlier this year, announced a two-pronged initiative that includes a series of public and private investments totaling more than $70 million over the next five years. Existing programs will be supplemented and new programs created, reaching thousands of job-seekers, youth and entrepreneurs, and putting urban America back to work.

The second component of the initiative is an aggressive grassroots advocacy campaign focused on federal legislative action to create permanent pathways to employment for at-risk teenagers and young adults.

“Throughout the Great Recession, our network of nearly 100 affiliates has served as economic first responders for communities devastated by job loss,” Morial said. “Urban League affiliates have a solid track record of success in creating economic opportunity and preparing people to take advantage of those opportunities.  We’ve worked very closely with our partners in the private sector and in the federal government to maximize resources and mobilize the strength of our collaborative efforts.”

The expansion comes as part of the National Urban League’s ongoing “War on Unemployment” launched in 2011, which included the release of a 12-Point Plan: Putting Urban America Back to Work, and a nationwide jobs tour.

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