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Urban League, Arkansas, equal opportunities, health, education, jobs, housing


The Urban League of the State of Arkansas seeks to lead efforts in advancing and obtaining equal opportunities for all citizens with a particular focus in the areas of health, education, jobs, and housing. In keeping with this mission, the Urban League of Arkansas partnered with the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas to produce a report that provides data to identify key areas of need in the African American and Latinx communities in Arkansas and develop programs and policies to address them.

In this report, the key areas of concern include issues around the school to prison pipeline, poverty rates, economic wellbeing, and educational attainment. The fourteen indicators included within these areas: incarceration rates, prison admissions, out-of -school suspensions, in-school suspensions, corporal punishment rates, expulsions rates, poverty rates, childhood poverty rates, labor force participation rates, unemployment rates, employment-to-population ratio rates, owner-occupied housing rates, high school/GED attainment rates, and higher education attainment rates.

Data for each of these indicators was collected from 2015 to 2018 for the overall population, whites, African Americans, and Latinx from the Arkansas Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Density maps for each indicator and their changes from 2015 to 2018 are presented on a county-level with versions for each population (white, African American, Latinx/Hispanic and overall).