Sobla_web_1Produced in partnership with the Los Angeles Urban League, the State of Black Los Angeles premiered at Town and Gown on the USC campus with a morning report launch event. A panel of experts including Bishop Blake, Dr. Robert Ross, Mercedes Marquez, Chief Bratton and mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa discussed the findings of the report and the strength of its action agenda. 

Full report information and updates can be found by clicking here.

Modeled after the National Urban League’s "State of Black America" report, the "State of Black LA" study provides a snapshot of African Americans in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s largest Black metropolitan areas. The report also outlines Key Action Recommendations in the six key areas, demonstrating the commitment of the United Way, Urban League and other civic leaders to taking immediate action to improve conditions for African Americans and the community-atlarge.

Full report information and updates can be found by clicking here.

All of the conditions outlined in the State of Black LA report are tightly interwoven.

Improvement in one area, such as education, will influence the improvement in another area, such as the criminal justice. These actions are rungs on the "Ladder of Hope," interrelated factors which help determine the overall well being of a community, guiding the community towards significant changes that can and will affect the future.

Education that builds 21st century skills leading to more rewarding career options and improved labor force 

Affordable housing will allow families to build savings, develop assets and put down roots in creating more stable communities 

Equal treatment by the criminal justice system will build confidence in the law enforcement, minimize community tension and engage residents in making neighborhoods safer

Actions for change:

African Americans have rallied to achieve strong representation the county’s top elective offices up from just 1% in 1960 to 14% in 2004 

8% of the county’s Black households have incomes over $100,000, above the national rate of 6% 

Blacks rate highest of all groups in civic engagement, including citizenship, voting, military service and union membership

44% of Black high schoolers fail to graduate with their class in four years 

Blacks have the highest rate of homelessness, and are estimated to be 30% or more of the county’s homeless population 

Blacks have the highest overall death rate, at nearly double the rate of Latinos, with rates far higher than other groups for heart disease, homicide and HIV/AIDS 

Blacks receive longer prison sentences than other groups: for Blacks, the average sentence for violent offenses is 46 months, compared to 39 months for Latinos and just 13 months for Whites 

Blacks have the lowest median household income at $31,905 compared to Latinos at $33,820 and whites at $53,978 

47% of Black adults attended college, but only 18% actually complete a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 43% of Asians, 38% of Whites and 7% of Latinos who have college degrees 

Although Blacks are just 10% of the county’s population, 56% of racial hate crimes target Blacks 

On a more positive note:

Key findings indicating disparity between Blacks and other ethnic groups: