Chasing the Dream: NAACP Economic Department Explores the Black Immigrant Experience in the 21st Century

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Chasing the Dream: NAACP Economic Department Explores the Black Immigrant Experience in the 21st Century


Sinyan, Yehwroe, Lorenzo, Isabel, The Crisis


Chasing the Dream: The Black Immigrant Experience is a three-part series chronicling the journey of foreign-born people of African descent face as they seek to make the United States their new home. This series has been written by Yehwroe Sinyan and Isabel Lorenzo of the NAACP Economic Department, both first-generation Americans.

The first article, "An Introduction to the Black Immigrant," serves as an introductory piece, defining who is a Black immigrant and where such immigrants come from, along with offering a look at some of the key policies that helped facilitate their migration efforts. The second article, "Economic Challenges Black Immigrants Face in the 21st Century," highlights newcomers' economic challenges and then examines how similar and different the Black immigrant narrative is compared with those of European and Asian immigrants, and others. The final article, "Advancing Social and Economic Justice for All People of African Descent," seeks to enhance the capacity of Black immigrants, by providing recommendations for advancing social justice causes, which could be done largely through collaboration with established champions of civil and human rights, such as the NAACP.

The following is an excerpt from the second article in the three-part "Chasing the Dream" series. The entire series, can be read on our website at www. naacpecon.tumblr.com.

"The majority of Black immigrants come from the Caribbean and African continent; as such there is a dearth of data regarding AfroLatinos. Most recent Black immigrants enter the United States legally, seeking education and job opportunities either by joining immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens or by presenting student or tourist visas with an expiration date. Studies show that the majority of undocumented Blacks of Caribbean origins come from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti. …

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