Executive summary 2021

Since its first appearance in 1976 under the stewardship of the late Mr. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., the organization’s fifth president, the State of Black America® remains one of the most highly anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation. Each edition contains penetrating commentary and insightful analysis from recognized authorities and leading figures in politics, the corporate and tech sectors, the nonprofit arena, academia and popular culture.

The 2021 State of Black America®, The New Normal: Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive, continues to build on our COVID-19 reporting and asks: “Where do we go from here?” ...

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The Executive Summary 2021, titled "The New Normal: Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive," offers a comprehensive overview of the National Urban League's pivotal insights into racial equality in America. This report, continuing a critical narrative since 1976, examines the intersections of race with economics, employment, education, health, housing, and criminal justice. It uniquely addresses the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, exacerbated by structural racism.

The document also explores the national response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, highlighting a national reckoning on racial justice. Additionally, the summary underscores collaborative efforts with key institutions to address health inequities and other vital social issues, emphasizing the urgency of creating a just and equitable society.

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