The Path Forward: Improving Opportunities for African-American Students

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 11:00am to Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:00pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H St NW
Washington , DC 20062
United States

Webcast - Day 1

Webcast - Day 2


Although there has been demonstrable improvement in our education system over time, data show that African-American students continue to experience lower academic achievement scores, greater high school dropout rates, and lower postsecondary enrollment and persistence rates than their white peers—and in some cases, their Hispanic peers. Whereas some gaps have narrowed, the effects have not been significant enough to result in the needed improvement in outcomes for African-American students. Our nation cannot accept the status quo when so many young people continue to be left behind in a system that does not serve them as well as their classmates.

With both organizations’ long-standing history as advocates for equitable access to education, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation can collaboratively amplify the urgency to address this national problem and advance the matter from rhetoric to an action-oriented strategy that will empower leaders to implement solutions at the local level.

To that effect, NAACP and USCCF will co-host an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. on December 10 and 11. This program will make a valuable contribution to the national discourse on closing achievement gaps for African-American students while attracting business leaders, civil rights leaders, and policymakers. It will serve as an opportunity for local chamber of commerce and business leaders and local NAACP chapter leaders to partner together and create strategies to address African-American student achievement.

At the event, USCCF will release an education report on the status of African-American student achievement in the United States. This edition of Leaders & Laggards will help set the context that more must be done to close the achievement gap for African-American students and ensure the promise of a high-quality education is realized for ALL students.

For more information, please contact Jaimie Francis at