TV One will premiere “The State of Black America,” a 2-hour Town Hall special, on Wednesday, May 31 at 8 PM ET.
In collaboration with the National Urban League (NUL), the program is taped at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., moderated by "News One Now" host and managing editor Roland Martin. Topics discussed include, broadly, the present and future conditions facing black America, framed around findings in the National Urban Leagues’ “Protect Our Progress" report, a 2017 edition of its semi-annual which has become one of the most sought-after guides for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, education, health, social justice and civic engagement. This year, the report examines recent advancements job creation, living wages, voting rights, criminal justice reform, education, health care, and financial literacy, and the current threats to those advancements.
“We want people to know when Black America is strong, America is strong,” said National Urban League President Marc Morial. “[The] strengthening of Black America, when it comes to the outcomes for our kids, when it comes to our jobs, when it comes entrepreneurship opportunities, when it comes to rebuilding wealth, it doesn’t only make our community strong, it makes the nation strong.”
"The State of Black America" Town Hall panelists included Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University professor and author; Angela Rye, political commentator and analyst; Touré, culture critic and journalist; Symone Sanders, former national press secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders; Jeff Johnson, journalist; Angela Sailor, former director of the RNC’s Coalitions Department; and Paris Dennard, GOP Commentator.
“The State of Black America” 2-hour special will premiere on TV One Wednesday, May 31 at 8 PM ET.