"State of Black America" to be discussed in D.C.

    The National Urban League is gathering in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the “State of Black America.” The annual report details progress African-Americans have made on various issues.

    The National Urban League is gathering in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the “State of Black America.” The annual report details progress African-Americans have made on various issues.
    Caption: Philadelphia Urban League CEO Patricia Coulter

    Transcript:
    It was a milestone year for progress by African Americans with the election of the nation’s first black president. But the atmosphere of hope that spread among Americans of all races has not erased serious social issues that still plague the black community. African Americans still lag behind their white counterparts in such areas as education, home ownership, and health care.

    Philadelphia Urban League CEO Patricia Coulter says like virtually all Americans, the issue on the minds of most African Americans is the economy.

    Coulter: “You know, there’s a little saying. We say when the country is in a recession, sometimes in Black America, we say we are in a depression just because of the inequalities that exist in normal times.”

    Coulter says it will require a little more time for African Americans to assess how the nation’s first black president is doing.

    More information:
    Visit the National Urban League’s State of Black America website to learn more.

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