National Urban League. The State of Black America

National Urban League. The State of Black America is a magazine focusing on African American Focus

Articles from January 2001

A Tale of Two Classes: The Socio-Economic Divide among Black Americans under 35
For one segment of the generation of African Americans under 35, the current era is the best of times. Credentialed with college as well as graduate- and professional-school degrees, skilled in the use of the latest technological wizardry, possessed...
Black Americans and the Internet: The Technological Imperative
The adoption of the Internet as a commercial medium probably came faster than any previous communications technology. While it took decades for the telephone or television to deeply penetrate the American home, the Internet-originally created for scientists...
Black America's Challenge: The Re-Construction of Black Civil Society
One couldn't help but notice the undertone of glee in some of the news reports and commentary last spring that announced and accompanied the census findings that the number of Latinos in the United States-native-born, recent legal immigrants, and those...
Black Homeownership: Housing and Black Americans under 35
Ask any American to define the "American Dream" and you'd be hard pressed to find a single person who would do so without mentioning homeownership. The dream of owning a home of one's own is pervasive for practical, financial and cultural reasons. Thus,...
History of the National Urban League
The National Urban League, which has played so pivotal a role in the 20th-century Freedom Movement, grew out of that spontaneous grassroots passage to freedom and opportunity that came to be called the Black Migrations. When the U.S. Supreme Court declared...
It's Our Responsibility. It's Their Turn
Now, as the twenty-first century opens, we're being bom-barded with implicit and explicit declarations that race-which is to say the pressing by African Americans of issues from a racial perspective-is passé.It is said: Racism is no longer a significant...
School Choice: The Option of Success
"There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer wilting to be plunged into the abyss of despair. "In his powerful "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King, Jr. offered the quotation above as part of a poignant...
Their Characteristic Music: Thoughts on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture
Almost four decades ago, Amiri Baraka declared that African-American music was inextricably linked to African-American history; in fact, according to Baraka, the music was the history. In his groundbreaking and influential book Blues People: Negro Music...
The New York Urban League Survey: Black New York-On Edge, but Optimistic
In the waning decades of the 20 century, New York City was transformed from a magnet for U.S.- and Caribbean-born blacks to the center of the Diaspora of people of African descent. From Ethiopia to Panama, from Ghana to Brazil, immigrants of African...
The Roots of Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture: One Perspective
"Music is time, played live, played at seventy-eight rpms, thirty-three and a third, backwards, looped whatever. There's no translation. You understand or you don't. "From the novel, White Boy Shuffle, by Paul BeattyToday even the most casual observer...
The Rules of the Game
(If you think the old rules still apply, you're in denial)You can't change the world if you refuse to acknowledge the forces that are already shaping it. For years, alarmists have decried the "decline" in our society (e.g., too many single mothers, not...
The Struggle Continues: Race, Equity and Affirmative Action in U.S. Higher Education
The American Dream lies at the very heart of the American cultural ethos, and at its center is the emphatic conviction that, in this society, education opens the door to success. Because talent is significantly equated with high educational performance...
Young Adults and the Appearance of Religion
Religion is alive and well in the homes, worship houses and hearts of many African-American young adults. As a working definition, I take religion to mean: a system of belief in, and worship of, a Supreme Being (or Beings). This system produces communities,...
Young African-American Men and Women: Separate Paths?
Increasingly, the paths of African-American men and women appear to be diverging. When examining social indicators for the race as a whole over the last thirty years, significant progress is evident in areas such as educational attainment, entry into...