The State of Black America is the National Urban League's annual barometer of the conditions, experiences, and opinions of African-Americans. The State of Black America 2008: In the Black Woman's Voice provides the black female perspective of the challenges that currently confront the African-American community, with particular emphasis on issues facing black women. It also presents the Equality Index and the National Urban League's groundbreaking Opportunity Compact, a comprehensive set of principles and social and economic policies of this nation. Published annually since 1976, The State of Black America report analyses and addresses the issues central to Black America in the current year. Through the Equality Index and incisive, in-depth essays, the report measures black progress in education, homeownership, entrepreneurship, health, and other areas; forecasts social and political trends; and proposes concrete solutions to the community's, and America's, most pressing challenges.
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. The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. Today, the National Urban League spearheads the nonpartisan efforts of more than 100 local affiliates in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy, and research.