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Recent Reports and (Diverse) Perspectives on Black Progress (Articles, Books, Etc.) -- 1997-2004


This listing includes only a sampling of works that provide diverse viewpoints and is by no means comprehensive. It will be continually expanded and updated. We invite (and greatly appreciate) suggestions on materials that merit inclusion in the listing.


Reports, Books, Articles, Opinions, Speeches, Etc.

Listing is largely in reverse chronological order.


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 35th Annual Legislative Conference 2005 Webcast. Sept 2005


National Urban League President Marc Morial Calls for "Opportunity Compact" for America. Jul 27, 2005. NUL Annual Conference Webcast


The State of Black America 2005. National Urban League


The 2005 Edition of 'The State of Black America' Report, Released Today, States Even As U.S. Economy Gets Better Jobs And Wealth Gap Gets Larger. Apr 06


Remarks of President Marc H. Morial: The State of Black America 2005


"State of the Black Union" Symposium 2005

Black forum targets health as top priority. 'Blueprint' for progress proposed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. February 27, 2005.

Lively Meeting of the Minds Is of Two Minds. A rift between African American conservatives and liberals, evident in the election, reemerges at the State of the Black Union conference. Los Angeles Times. February 27, 2005.

Black Churches Struggle Over Their Role in Politics. New York Times. March 6, 2005

No Separate Agenda for Black Americans, Conservative Says.

Responding to the Call: The New Black Vanguard Conference (Black Conservatives). February 24, 2005. View Event

Black Conservatives Gather Momentum. February 28, 2005

Coalition releases Black Contract with America. Document focuses on moral value issues

GOP courting the black vote on moral issues, with success 


Reclaiming Our Destiny: The New Black Vanguard Conference II. October 11, 2005

How to Reach Black America. William Raspberry. The Washington Post. January 17, 2005


Hope and Despair on King Day. Marcellus Andrews. January 17, 2005 


Webcast - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, September 2004

Congressional Black Caucus -- Priorities & Agenda


The State of Black America, Part One: Whither Black People? January 12, 2005. Betty Pleasant, Special to

The State of Black America, Part Two: Our Financial Insecurity. January 13, 2005. Keith Reed, Special to

The State of Black America, Part Three: Education Matters. January 16, 2005. Leroy Robinson, Special to


Has average really become too much for blacks to ask for? Henry Louis Gates Jr. The New York Times. November 01, 2004.


It's tough for minorities to bridge the racial wealth gap. Tannette Johnson-Elie. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 23, 2004

Race, Class and Real Estate. What We'll Get From Mixing It Up. Sheryll D. Cashin. The Washington Post. 01 August 2004.

The Failures of Integration: How Race And Class Are Undermining The American Dream. Sheryll Cashin. PublicAffairs. March 2004.

Blacks and the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. July 2004. Booklet discusses the range of participation by African Americans in the Democratic Party, the geographic and partisan dimensions of the black vote in recent years, and black voters' attitudes toward many issues that may be significant in the fall campaign. Discusses the range of participation by African Americans in the Democratic Party, the geographic and partisan dimensions of the black vote in recent years, and black voters' attitudes toward many issues that may be significant in the fall campaign.

BET/CBS News Poll of African Americans Finds Mistrust, Disenfranchisement Heading Into Elections. July 21, 2004. PRNewswire. As Democratic and Republican conventions approach, African-American voters not enthusiastic about either Bush or Kerry. Disdain for Bush is overwhelming, but enthusiasm for Kerry is still muted.

College-Bound Black Students Are Making Inroads in Advanced Placement Tests. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Summer 2004. Increased black high school student participation in Advanced Placement curricula would be a major step toward educational equality. College admissions officers are impressed with high school students who take on the extra challenge of Advanced Placement courses. Today, overall participation by African Americans in the AP program is on the rise, but it remains far behind that of whites.

Racial Gap in College Participation Rates is Closing. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education - Weekly Bulletin. August 19, 2004. New government data shows that currently a greater percentage of black high school graduates are going on to college and the racial gap in college participation is shrinking.

The Remarkable and Steady Progress of African Americans in Higher Education, 1960-2002. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education - Weekly Bulletin. August 19, 2004. Often the statistics JBHE reports on the status of blacks in higher education are disheartening. But here is news about which all readers can rejoice.

The Right Stuff. W. speaks to the Urban League. Peter Kirsanow.

"A Time For Renewal" - Keynote Address by Marc H. Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League. NUL Convention, Detroit, Michigan - July 21, 2004

Blacks make progress, but challenges remain. The Detroit News. July 1, 2004. National Urban League's Marc Morial says closing economic and educational gaps remains a critical issue America must address.

The "Moving Target" of Black Educational Progress. Marc H. Morial. NUL. 19 April 2004.

Press Release: African Americans’ Status Is 73% Of Whites, Says New "State of Black America" 2004 Report. National Urban League’s Report Shows Black Progress Is On Shaky Ground Equality Gaps Remain In Jobs, Wealth, Education, Health And Social Justice. March 24, 2004

The State of Black America 2004. Executive Summary. Abstracts. How much closer is America to achieving equality between blacks and whites since the civil rights movement? Not close enough, and black progress is precarious at best according to a report released today by the National Urban League, "The State of Black America 2004". As part of The State of Black America 2004: The Complexity of Black Progress, the League unveiled its first "Equality Index" a statistical measurement of the disparities that exist between blacks and whites in economics, housing, education, health, social justice and civic engagement.

NUL Publications Web Page

"Black America: Standing on 'Shaky' Ground". Marc H. Morial. President and CEO National Urban League. To Be Equal Column 16. 22 March 2004

"State of Black America" Report Sheds No New Light. Editorial. The Hilltop (Howard University). April 2, 2004.

The State of Black America. Askia Muhammad. March 30, 2004.

Selected Recent U.S. Census Bureau Reports on African Americans


Facts for Features - *Special Edition* Civil Rights Act of 1964: 40th Anniversary| PDF Version .U.S. Census Bureau. June 30, 2004.

High School Graduation Rates Reach All-Time High; Non-Hispanic White and Black Graduates at Record Levels. June 29, 2004. U.S. Census Bureau.


Facts on the Black or African American Population - U.S. Census Bureau


Poverty, Income See Slight Changes; Child Poverty Rate Unchanged, Census Bureau Reports. September 26, 2003.

Reports: Poverty in the United States: 2002

Income in the United States: 2002

Census Bureau Releases First Look at African-American Population Since Census 2000. April 25, 2003.

Report: The Black Population in the United States: March 2002

The Black Population: 2000. U.S. Census Bureau

Black progress boils down to fractions. Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald. May 18, 2004.

Context, Please: A new report tries to convince us we haven’t gotten very far. J. A. Foster-Bey. National May 18, 2004.

Brown vs. Board: Then vs. now. Clarence Page. Washington Times. May 12, 2004.


Black Power Inc.: The New Voice of Success (John Wiley, 2004). Cora Daniels. (At

Young, Gifted, Black—And Out Of Here. Cora Daniels. Fortune. 2004.


The Changing Face of Black Power. Jabari Asim. The Washington Post. June 1, 2004 - The Greening of Black Power


The New Black Power on Wall Street. Kimberly Allers. Fortune. 28 June 2004.

CNN Presents: Special Report: The Gap -- 50 years after Brown vs. Board of Education. May 2004.

Joint Center Forum on Community Involvement in Reducing Health Disparities. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. April 27, 2004

Joint Center Analyzes State of Union Address and Its Policy Implications for African Americans. January 22, 2004

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies – National Opinion Polls – 1997-2002

Economic Prospects for African Americans, 2000-2010: Politics and Promises. Andrew F. Brimmer (ed). 2000. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: DataBank

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: Publications

Still Losing the Race? John H. McWhorter. Commentary, February 2004.

As Racism Recedes, More Blacks Shift to Political Center. John H. McWhorter. Los Angeles Times. 17 March 2004

Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority. (Paperback) John McWhorter. Gotham Books. January 2004

What’s Holding Blacks Back? John H. McWhorter. City Journal. Winter 2001.

John McWhorter: Leading a New Generation of Black Conservatives. Alex Kellogg. Nov 2001 Discussion on: "John McWhorter: Leading a New Generation of Black Conservatives"

Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. John McWhorter. Perennial. August 2001

Losing the Race? Black Progress, Freedom and Independence. John McWhorter. Transcript, Independent Policy Forum. The Independent Institute. March 20, 2001

The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality. Thomas M. Shapiro. Oxford University Press. February 2004.

America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans. Henry Louis Gates. Warner Books. January 2004.

Press Release – Time Warner Books: America Behind the Color Line

PBS Preview – TV Series -- America Beyond the Color Line

America Beyond The Color Line With Henry Louis Gates Jr. – Discussion Questions

New PBS Program Spotlights Black Americans. Lynn Elber. The Associated Press. January 28, 2004.

Q & A with Henry Louis Gates –

The End of Blackness. Debra Dickerson. Pantheon. 2004

The Improving Relative Status of Black Men. Kenneth Couch, University of Connecticut & Mary C. Daly, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Working Paper. January 2004

Black Victimhood. Issues & Views. January 5, 2004


Booker T. Washington and Black Progress: Up from Slavery 100 Years Later. W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Editor). University Press of Florida. December 2003.

No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning. Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom. Simon & Schuster. 2003.

Links to Several Reviews of "No Excuses"

Education’s Division Problem. Abigail Thernstrom. Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2003. Schools are responsible for the main source of racial inequality today.

Left Behind. Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, Boston Globe, October 26, 2003. The racial achievement gap in education is the major civil rights issue of our time. But the old solutions won't make the grade.

The Good News That the Thernstroms Neglected to Tell. Theodore Cross. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 2003.

Economic Viewpoint: What's In A Name For Black Job Seekers?. Robert J. Barro. Business Week. November 3, 2003.

Amy J. Orr. Black-white differences in achievement: the importance of wealth. Sociology of Education, October 2003.

RACE - The Power of an Illusion. April 2003. PBS Television Documentary on Race in Society, Science and History.

Background Readings on Wealth, Housing, Public Policy, Etc. Interviews with: Dalton Conley; Nancy DiTomaso; Melvin Oliver; John A. Powell.

How To Widen The Black-White Wealth Gap. Dalton Conley. April 5, 2001.

The Black-White Wealth Gap: Net Worth, More Than Any Other Statistic, Shows The Depth Of Racial Inequality. Dalton Conley. The Nation, March 26, 2001

The Wealth Factor. NEA Today. September 2000. A sociologist (Dalton Conley) says racial differences in family assets, not culture, explain achievement gaps in school performance.

The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. (Paperback) Glenn C. Loury. Harvard University Press. September 2003.

Race & Inequality: An Exchange. J. L. A. Garcia, John McWhorter, and Glenn C. Loury. First Things. May 2002.

"Unequalized." (Race and income inequality). Glenn C. Loury. The New Republic. April 6, 1998.

March Toward Progress: The Black Middle Class. CNNfn/Money & Black Enterprise. August 25, 2003. Videos: Ahead of the class; Avoiding the ceiling; The browning effect; The color of money.

The Face of Black America. USA Today. August 22, 2003.

Black Diversity in Metropolitan America. John R. Logan and Glenn Deane Lewis. Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research, University at Albany. August 15, 2003. The black population is becoming increasingly diverse as a result of continued immigration from the Caribbean and Africa. The newer groups face similar levels of segregation from whites as do African Americans, despite very different social backgrounds.

Census 2000: Afro-Caribbean and African Populations on the Rise and More Affluent than African-Americans. Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research, The University at Albany, Albany, NY

The New African-American Inequality. Michael B. Katz and Mark J. Stern. America at the Millennium Project Working Paper. June 2003

Press Release: National Urban League's State of Black America (2003) Focuses on the Black Family

The State of Black America 2003. Lee A. Daniels (Editor). 2003. National Urban League. Abstracts

The Black Family: Building On Its Resilience. Marc H. Morial, NUL President/CEO. Keynote Address, NUL Annual Conference, July 27, 2003

Report: Black progress offset by jail, jobless gap. 23 July 2003. Deborah Kong. Associated Press.

Business Week - Special Report on Black Economic Progress

For Blacks, Progress without Parity. Roger O. Crockett. Business Week. July 14, 2003.

Black Progress: Two Ways to Look at It. Business Week. Editorial. July 14, 2003.

Commentary: How to Narrow the Great Race Divide. Roger O. Crockett. Business Week. July 14, 2003.

Why Black Women Keep Rising. Roger O. Crockett. Business Week Online Extra. July 14, 2003.

Jesse Jackson on "Savage Inequality". Business Week Online Extra. July 14, 2003.

Readers’ Responses: African-American Equality: Not a Black-and-White Issue. Business Week. August 11, 2003.

Blacks Can Help Themselves With Business Empowerment. Tannette Johnson-Elie. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 22, 2003


Catching Up: Wages of Black Men. Finis Welch. The American Economic Review. May 2003.


Census Reveals A Steep Decline in Concentrated Poverty: The Surge in High-Poverty Inner-City Neighborhoods Reversed in the 1990s. Brookings Institution. May 19, 2003

"The Black Gender Gap." Ellis Cose. Newsweek, March 3, 2003. Black women are making historic strides on campuses and in the workplace. But professional progress is making them rethink old notions of race, class and romance.

MSNBC/Newsweek Online Discussion with Ellis Cose: The Rise of Black Women

BET Discussion Forum

The Black Gender Gap. Katherine Boo. The Atlantic Monthly. January/February 2003.

Confronting the forbidden gender gap. Suzanne Fields. January 27, 2003.

Blacks Have Yet to Catch Up. John A. Foster-Bey. World and I. February 2003. Although black income, wealth, and education have significantly improved, an overwhelming difference remains between blacks and whites in every economic category.

Another Day at the Front. Ishmael Reed. Basic Books. January 2003. (Reprint edition, January 6, 2004)

The age of white guilt: and the disappearance of the black individual. Shelby Steele. Harper's Magazine, November 1, 2002.

The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life. Manning Marable. BasicCivitas Books. November 2002.

Separate and Unequal: The Neighborhood Gap for Blacks and Hispanics in Metropolitan America. John R. Logan, Director, Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research, University at Albany. October 13, 2002. Persistent residential segregation still prevents many blacks and Hispanics from moving to better neighborhoods. In many metro areas, minorities with incomes over $60,000 live in less advantaged neighborhoods than whites earning under $30,000. This report summarizes national trends in income inequality and neighborhood disparities across groups, and compares the situation among the metro areas with the largest minority populations.

How to Make Black America Better: Leading African Americans Speak Out. Tavis Smiley. Anchor. 2002

Black American Personal Wealth: Current Status. Stephen Brobeck. BET/Consumer Federation of America Report. August 2002.

Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America. Edited by Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom. Hoover Institution Press. 2002. [At]

Unprecedented Clout. Cora Daniels & Martha Sutro. Fortune, July 22, 2002. The Most Powerful Black Executives in America: Meet 50 black business men and women who wield unprecedented clout.

A Public Kind of Power. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger Ferguson isn't eligible for our list. But he can still make the business world quake. Martha Sutro

Most Powerful Black Executives: Full List

50 Most Powerful Women

Best Companies for Minorities

Best Companies to Work For

The State of Black America 2002. Lee A. Daniels (editor). National Urban League. Transaction Publishers. August 2002

State of Black America - Video - CSPAN. Discussions, by the authors, of essays in the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2002).

The State of Black America 2001: Survey Results. National Urban League

Distorted Picture of Black Progress. Earl Ofari Hutchinson. July 29, 2002.

Report on Black-White Disparities Is Mixed. The Washington Post. July 22, 2002.

"Power and Glory" (SAVOY 100 leaders of the new black power). Roy S. Johnson. Savoy, June-July 2002. Ten people in ten different fields including cabinet members, entertainers, journalists and community activists were chosen to represent the most powerful black Americans for the SAVOY 100 list. The list offers a barometer measuring black progress and black power as expressed by Stokely Carmichael during the summer of 1966.

Yet a Stranger: Why Black Americans Still Don't Feel at Home. Deborah Mathis. Warner Books. June 2002. (Reprint edition, May 1, 2004)

Still Treading Water: African Americans at the Nation's Leading Business Schools. 2002. Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. A new JBHE survey finds that blacks continue to show only snail-like progress in business school enrollments. Also, African Americans are making almost no headway in securing faculty positions at the nation's leading business schools.

Black, Successful--and Typical. Jason L. Riley. The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2002.

The New Black Flight. Editorial. The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2002. Guess who's coming to the suburbs

The Good News on Race. Editorial. The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2002. The census shows real progress for black Americans.

Blacks Thriving Economically. Steve Miller. Insight on the News, March 25, 2002. Blacks thriving economically: African-Americans are participating in the American dream as never before, although black affluence is overlooked by the press and often ignored by black leaders.

Harnessing the Mystery of Capital; Closing the Wealth Gap. Franklin D. Raines, Chairman and CEO, Fannie Mae. Remarks delivered at the Howard University Charter Day Convocation, Washington, DC. March 8, 2002.

Black Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook - 2002. Information Publications

The Problem with Black Progress: It undermines the reparations campaign. Deroy Murdock. National Review Online. 09 November 2001.

The Black Collegian - 30th Anniversary Edition – 2001 -- Several Articles & Other Features

Black America in the 21st Century: Compete or Perish. Ron Daniels. Black Collegian. 2001.

Academic Achievement and Economic Power: The Next Civil Rights Frontier. 2001. Hugh Price, President of the National Urban League

The Tradition of Academic Excellence in the African-American Community. 2001. William H. Gray, III, President and CEO, United Negro College Fund, Inc.

The State of Black America is in Disarray. 2001. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

The Color Line: Why Whites and Blacks Measure Black Progress Differently. 30 August 2001. Leonard Steinhorn, American University

America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences, Volume II. 2001. Neil J. Smelser, William J. Wilson, Faith Mitchell. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. National Research Council.

America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences, Volume 1. 2001. Neil J. Smelser, William J. Wilson, Faith Mitchell. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. National Research Council.

PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America. Claud Anderson. Powernomics Corp. February 2001.

Race and Sport: The Social Costs of "Black Dominance". John Hoberman. 2001.

Bush's Black Faces. Michael Eric Dyson. The Nation. January 11, 2001

The African-American Predicament. Christopher H. Foreman, Jr. Brookings Institution Press. 1999

Frontline: The Two Nations of Black America. PBS Television Documentary. 1998

A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America. David K. Shipler. Vintage Books. September 1998.

The Black-White Test Score Gap. Christopher Jencks & Meredith Phillips (Editors). The Brookings Institution. September 1998. At

The Black-White Test Score Gap. Christopher Jencks, Claude M Steele, Stephen J. Ceci, Wendy M. Williams, Mindy Kornhaber, Jared Bernstein, Richard Rothstein, Glenn C. Loury, Meredith Phillips. The American Prospect. November 1, 1998 - December 1, 1998.

America's Next Achievement Test: Closing the Black-White Test Score Gap. Christopher Jencks & Meredith Phillips. The American Prospect. September 1, 1998 - October 1, 1998.

Black America - Brookings Review. Spring 1998. Several articles by: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Christopher H. Foreman, Jr., Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, Orlando Patterson, Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips, Linda Darling-Hammond, Paul E. Peterson and Jay P. Greene, Glenn C. Loury.

The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America’s "Racial" Crisis. Orlando Patterson. Civitas/Counterpoint, 1997.

Online NewsHour: A Dialogue with Orlando Patterson -- November 13 1997

America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible. Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom. Touchstone, 1999; Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Several Reviews

Online NewsHour: A Dialogue with Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom – Nov 11 1997

"The real story of black progress." Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom. The Wall Street Journal, Sept 3, 1997.

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