Bring your lunch and join us to hear James Perry, President and CEO of the Winston Salem Urban League, present the results of the State of Black Winston-Salem Report.
Stunningly, the report shows that black residents in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County earn only 62 cents for each dollar made by white residents. Black residents in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County have a homeownership rate that is half that of white residents. Black residents are half as likely to have access to healthy food. Black residents have a death rate 1.23 times that of white residents. Arrests of black residents for nonviolent traffic offenses in Winston-Salem, occur at a rate approximately 1.4% more frequent than for white residents.
Most shocking, perhaps, are the education indices. Forsyth County black third graders are approximately 60% less likely to read at grade level than white third graders.
You can download the full report here:
About James Perry:
As president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Perry leads a near 20 person team across the North Carolina Triad, advocating for civil rights, employment opportunities, affordable housing, health and wellness, voting rights, food security and more.
Before taking charge of the Urban League, Perry served for 10 years as the the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. Perry led the Center through hurricane Katrina, at that time the most disastrous hurricane to make landfall in America. Under his leadership, the Center won more than half a billion dollars for victims of discrimination across Louisiana.
Perry founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center, testified before Congress eight times, and has served on dozens of local, state, and national boards and commissions. He currently serves on the National Fair Housing Alliance Board of Directors.
Perry is a political science graduate of the University of New Orleans and a graduate of the Loyola University School of Law. Perry, and his wife Melissa Harris-Perry, are raising two daughters in Winston-Salem, NC.
1128 Burke St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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