Black Male: Why the Mid South Cannot Afford to Ignore the Disparities Facing Its Black Men and Boys

Black Male: Why the Mid South Cannot Afford to Ignore the Disparities Facing Its Black Men and Boys

The Foundation for the Mid South has issued a new report that examines equity issues affecting African-American males between the ages of 16 and 44 in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the report, Black Male: Why the Mid South Cannot Afford to Ignore the Disparities Facing Its Black Men and Boys (24 pages, PDF), considers poverty, graduation rates, unemployment, health, and incarceration rates as indicators of disparity and recommends that service providers, funders, and policy makers invest in research and data collection on African-American men and boys; develop a program field that focuses on males at risk; work to increase public knowledge of the issues affecting African-American men and boys; and advocate for policy changes at the local and state levels.