National Urban League to Release 2007 State of Black America at National Press Club April 17

Apr 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Urban League

    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Urban League
 will unveil its annual State of Black America at the National Press Club on
 April 17, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.
     This year's report, entitled The State of Black America 2007: Portrait
 of the Black Male, will focus upon the plight of black men in the United
 States and include essays by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Marian Wright
 Edelman, among others, as well as a foreword by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
     "Empowering black males to reach their full potential is the most
 serious economic and civil rights challenge we face today," Morial said.
     Through its Equality Index, the study provides a statistical
 measurement of equality gaps that exist between African Americans and
 mainstream America in five areas -- education, economics, health, civic
 engagement and social justice.
     In addition to presenting the findings, NUL President Marc H. Morial,
 among others, will offer public policy recommendations to remedy the
 disparities highlighted in the report. Joe Madison will then moderate a
 panel discussion of the report's authors.
     The National Urban League has been releasing its annual State of Black
 America since 1976 but 2007 marks the first year in which the report will
 be distributed nationally to more than 2,500 bookstores, retail and online
 outlets through Beckham Publications Group, a minority-owned publisher
 based in Silver Spring, MD.
     For more information or to speak, contact Ricky Clemons at
     National Urban League (
     Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation's oldest and
 largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to
 enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League,
 headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its
 local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban
 League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct
 services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs,
 advocacy and research.

SOURCE National Urban League