We reveal whether African Americans have made significant progress 50 years after the March on Washington
As thousands travel to the nationâ€™s capital to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom , we continue to grapple with the question of whether African Americans collectively has made significant progress worthy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.â€™s epic â€œI Have A Dreamâ€ Speech. Itâ€™s true African Americans no longer suffer the injustices of Jim Crow and that we have made significant political achievement â€“ most notably, the election of Americaâ€™s first African American president, Barack Obama, for two terms â€“ but we still confront the nagging problems of poverty, unemployment and racism.
And the fact that such challenges continue to persist has never been more evident than the failure of a jury to hold George Zimmerman accountable for slaying Trayvon Martin as well as the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision in June to dismantle the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Revealing data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau as well as information from the Pew Research centerâ€™s recent report on the economic, political and social status of African Americans, Black Enterprise â€“ using the design talents of our Creative Director Terence Saulsby â€“ provides a graphic snapshot of where we stand as a people today compared to that historic day in 1963. Have we realized the dream? You decide.