State of Black America Report: A Reality Check

Urban League president tells African-American voters, "Wake up."

National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial
National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial

Donna Brazile, the CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist, has written an essay in the report on the political lessons to be learned from the Obama presidency and the 2010 mid-term elections. In your point of view, what kind of political power do African Americans now have?

African Americans have growing political power, particularly at the state and local level. The number of state and local elected officials continues to increase.

Translating those electoral victories into public-policy impact remains the most difficult challenge. More and more, for African Americans, coalition building will be important — with Latinos, Asians and like-minded whites.

Coalition politics, which has been the political formula for success in American municipal elections, will be the most important element for political success in the next generation …

Read the rest of the interview at CNN.

Watch the State of Black America town hall event at Howard University here. 

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