Background Information

A quick look at a few important statistics points to the dire need for a renewed civil rights campaign under-girded by prayer, affirmations, meditation and fasting that’s guided by faith and grace.

  • One in six black men in the U.S. had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 25% of the U.S. population.
  • African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months) [Sentencing Project]
  • 35% of black children grades 7-12 have been suspended or expelled at some point in their school careers compared to 20% of Hispanics and 15% of whites
  • 13.6% of black men are unemployed; many suggest the rate is significantly higher in urban environments.
  • Black men are least likely to live past 70 and on average die just before that age; they are least likely to collect retirement Social Security benefits even though they contribute during their working years.

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