Black Boys & Men

Black boys and men face particular challenges

In a time where all boys and men confront new challenges in school, work, and family life, Black boys and men face particular disadvantages. We pay special attention to their needs and hardships.

We can see this systemic disadvantage across many measures. At every stage of education, from elementary school through graduation Black men’s outcomes are distinctively lower than those of white men and Black women. In employment, Black men earn less and are less likely to rise up the economic ladder than white men. As adults, Black men raised in affluent families have lower employment rates than white men raised in poverty.

In a given year, Black men earn approximately 30% less than white men.
Share of bachelor’s degrees earned by Black men.
The percentage point gap in high school graduation rates between Black boys and girls in Michigan.