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The Crisis


Nearly every indicator of economic, social, and physical well-being shows that African American men and boys in the United States face disproportionate challenges to success. Consider the following:


  • Education: In 2013, only 59% of African American male students graduated high school, compared to 80% of their white counterparts.  Additionally, the national college graduation rate for black men is 33% compared with 54% for white males.


  • Employment: In March 2016, the unemployment rate for African American men was 8.7% compared to 3.9% for white males.


  • Family: African American fathers are more than twice as likely as white fathers to live apart from their children.


  • Justice: 1 in every 15 African American men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.

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