Episode 120: Assessing the Movement:

A Conversation with the Jacksonville Urban League and the NAACP

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Assessing the Movement A conversation with NUL and the NAACP

Civil rights leaders at the head of the NAACP and the National Urban League say Americans get 2 things wrong about the racial wealth gap (Business Insider)

By National Urban League
Published07 AM EST, Sat Jan 6, 2024

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If you want to get a heated debate going, start talking about the reasons for the wealth gap between Black and white Americans. Everybody has an opinion.

Numbers tell a story. According to the Brookings Institution, in 2016, at $171,000, the net worth of a typical white family was nearly 10 times greater than that of a Black family, $17,150. 

This is not a new phenomenon. Median net worth for white households has far exceeded that of Black households through recessions and booms over the last 30 years. During the most recent economic downturn, median net worth declined by more for Black families (44.3% decline from 2007 to 2013) than for white families (26.1% decline). In fact, the ratio of white family wealth to Black family wealth is higher today than at the start of the century, according to Brookings.  

The future is none too promising. Black wealth could drop to zero by 2053, according to a report from the nonprofit organization Prosperity Now.

When it comes to the wealth gap, there are truths and myths. Civil rights icons Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, and Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP and current president of People For the American Way, share their thoughts. Full story Business Insider.

Center for Education, Career Development and Workforce Services

The Center is a multi-service level community-based program service center committed to empowering children, youth, adults, veterans, and seniors through a holistic approach using essential tools and resources necessary to empower them to succeed in life. The center partners with local community-based organizations, employers, apprenticeship programs (local and national) colleges, and universities to offer a set of comprehensive educational, training and job placement services to be equipped for 21st century employment.

Contact Ms. Julia Henry-Wilson for more information: jh.wilson@jaxul.org | 904-723-4007

Center for Economic Empowerment

The Center seeks resources to develop and implement initiatives that empower individuals, entrepreneurs, and disadvantaged business entities to become successful. The Center provides community wealth building and job creation strategies in the urban area of Jacksonville where opportunities may be stagnant.  Training, workshops, individual coaching sessions bring together entrepreneurs, financial institutions and other affiliates and partners to ideate and initiate capital investments that improve the community’s quality of life, particularly in asset poor households.

In addition to advocating for small business growth, the Center provides financial literacy, home ownership and financial counseling workshops and supportive economic enterprises to aid individuals in realizing their personal economic goals.

Woman holding Count Every Vote sign - Styled Home HeroHolding Former President Trump Accountable

Judge Amit Mehta, presiding over Lee vs. Trump, the first civil legal action seeking to hold the former president accountable for his conduct connected to the January 6th insurrection and efforts to overturn the 2020 election, denied Trump the absolute immunity from suit that has always been afforded to presidents in the past for conduct occurring while serving in office.

Smiling lady at Convention - heroIncreasing Voters Through Mobilization

NAACP was on the ground in key battleground states and deployed lawyers throughout the nation to monitor and respond to reports of voter suppression through their Voter Protection Hub, ensuring that every American was provided an opportunity to cast their ballot.

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WE MOBILIZE VOTERS

In the most consequential election in memory, it was essential for Black people to vote in massive numbers in 2022. And vote we did. NAACP played a crucial role, partnering with the data science firm GSSA to develop new tools and strategies for voter education and turnout in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. We built our program using cutting-edge data science combined with the engine of traditional organizing: the power of person-to-person connection.

30,000

Volunteers recruited including poll workers and volunteers for relational organizing

HOW WE FOUGHT AND WON IN 2023

Protecting Democracy in Alabama

The NAACP Alabama State Conference were plaintiffs in the June Supreme Court case against Alabama where they rightfully argued that the state’s congressional map was a clear attempt to minimize the voting power of the state’s Black residents. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of drawing a new Alabama congressional map which will allow for greater representation of Black voters in the state.


1. Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about current civil rights issues by following reputable news sources, attending community meetings, and staying engaged with social justice organizations. Understanding the issues is crucial to effective advocacy.

2.Join or Support Civil Rights Organizations: There are many civil rights organizations that work towards equality and justice. Consider joining or supporting organizations such as the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Southern Poverty Law Center, or local organizations that focus on civil rights.

3.Participate in Community Activism: Attend community meetings, town halls, and events that address civil rights issues. Engage in discussions, share your experiences, and collaborate with like-minded individuals to create positive change at the local level.

4.Vote: Exercise your right to vote in local, state, and national elections. Research candidates’ positions on civil rights issues and support those who align with your values. Encourage others in your community to register and vote as well.

5.Advocate for Policy Change: Work with organizations that focus on policy advocacy. Contact your elected representatives to express your concerns about specific issues and advocate for policies that promote equality and justice.

6.Educate Others: Share information about civil rights issues with your family, friends, and community. Engage in open and respectful conversations to raise awareness and foster understanding.

7.Participate in Protests and Demonstrations: Peaceful protests and demonstrations have historically played a crucial role in raising awareness about civil rights issues. Joining these events can show solidarity and amplify the voices of those advocating for change.

8.Support Minority-Owned Businesses: Economic empowerment is a key aspect of civil rights. Support businesses owned by minorities, particularly those in your community, as a way to contribute to economic equality.

9.Serve on Boards and Committees: Consider joining local boards or committees that focus on issues related to civil rights, social justice, and community development. Your input and perspectives can contribute to positive changes.

10.Continue Learning: Stay informed about the history of civil rights movements, as well as current issues. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and understanding the roots of discrimination and inequality can better inform your advocacy efforts.

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