League releasing `State of Black Cincinnati 2015′ report Monday


Children under 6 years in Cincinnati are growing up in poverty

“While the overall child poverty rate for children under 6 in Cincinnati is an abhorrent 52 percent — one of the highest rates for major American cities — it is an unconscionable 74 percent for its youngest African-American citizens.”
Donna Jones Baker, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, from the Executive Summary, “The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities.”

That 3 of 4 African-American children under age 6 in Cincinnati is living in poverty is just one of the shocking facts in the new publication, “The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities,” which will be released Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.

A news conference will be held at the Urban League’s office, 3458 Reading Road, Avondale. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Dr. O’dell Owens, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; the Rev. Damon Lynch Jr., pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Carthage; former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery, founder and president of the Center for Closing the Health Gap; are among the scheduled speakers who will comment on the report’s findings.

The 164-page publication, researched and written by local scholars and experts in the areas of economics, education, criminal justice, housing, health, and inclusion, details how African-Americans in Cincinnati and Hamilton County – despite some gains – largely remain second-class citizens.

“It is designed to lay out the data in a way that provides the larger community an accurate picture of the many disparities and challenges that African-Americans face every day in real ways,” said Baker, who has led the local Urban League since 2003.
The local publication, loosely modeled after the National Urban League’s “State of Black America” reports, reveals in one report the almost-overwhelming disparities faced by the region and city’s black citizens: African-Americans here have higher rates of infant mortality, preventable-yet-often-fatal diseases, incarceration; but lower rates of home ownership, high school graduation, private health insurance, and employment than white residents.

Several of the book’s essays clearly show the interrelation of these disparities and how they are linked by social determinants, such as public safety and quality of housing.

“The health and well-being of a community will not be realized if inequality is too great,” writes Dr. Noble A-W Maseru, Health Commissioner of the City of Cincinnati.

In addition to distributing the publication at the press conference, “The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities” will be available for viewing and downloading, beginning Aug. 31 on the League’s website, www.gcul.org. The Urban League also has created an email address, partofthesolution@gcul.org, which will go live Aug. 31 to help people who want to help easily find their niche and begin their work. Objectives for positive change in the black community will be developed.

Free parking is available across the street from the League’s Avondale headquarters, in an Urban League lot at the corner of Reading Road and Prospect Place. The media conference will be held in the League’s Community Rooms, A and B. Because of an anticipated large audience, we ask visitors to arrive ahead of time.

Media contact: Mark Curnutte, Urban League, (513) 487-6523, (513) 348-5237, or mcurnutte@gcul.org.

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is a United Way agency partner. Since 1949, one of its subsidiaries, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, has provided industry-leading job-training, business and leadership development, and youth programs.

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