First the Numbers

Watch the Institute’s new TV commercial and you’ll discover that statistics may be an essential part of our message, but they’re not the heart of our mission. People are.

In School

  • Black students make up just 20% of the student population in Madison
  • However they 57% of the students recommended for expulsion, and 53% of students expelled. Source: Madison Metropolitan School District
  • There are more black men in prison than there are in college.

At Work

  • Blacks are less than 4% of our our nations entrepreneurs. Source: The US Department of Labor
  • Blacks in 2000 had higher unemployment rates than both Whites and Hispanics at every level of education. Source: Status and Trends in the Education of Blacks, The National Center for Education Statistics
  • Fewer Black men and women held managerial or professional positions in 2000 than White men and women. Source: Status and Trends in the Education of Blacks, The National Center for Education Statistics

In the System

  • There are 200,000 more Black men in prison than there are in college.
  • In Dane County, WI, Black men are 37 times more likely”and Black women, 45 times more likely to be imprisoned than their white counterparts. Source: Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice”, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In Society

  • The life expectancy of a Black man is 8.4 years shorter than that of a white man.
  • In Wisconsin, Black girls are 14 times more likely to become teenage mothers. In fact, Wisconsin leads the nation in Black teenage pregnancies.