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Black Thriving in America 2023

Based on nationally representative data from a survey of over 10,000 U.S. adults, which assessed Black life experiences in the U.S. Findings are condensed into the Black American Social Justice Dashboard, one of the first tools of its kind designed to annually measure key social justice metrics. The report finds that while Black and White Americans are thriving equally overall, there are deeper disparities in their everyday life…

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Leaders in Social Justice

The Payne Center’s featured HBCU Faculty are top academics at historically Black colleges and universities who are fighting for social justice through research and activism.  We  collaborate with scholars at HBCUs, national policy experts, and community advocates to promote policy research that advances social justice for Black Americans. Our team of fellows work to highlight the latest research from the US’s top experts while contributing original research and policy analysis.

Faculty Spotlight

The Payne Center for Social Justice periodically highlights HBCU-based faculty, to feature the social justice research that is being conducted on HBCU campuses.

Payne Center Research Hub

Explore scholarship from HBCU faculty on urgent contemporary issues such as racial bias in technology, environmental justice, educational equity, civil rights, health disparities, and economic advancement for Black American communities. …Visit Now

Featured HBCU Faculty

Roberson King Professor of Law – Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

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Professor of Political Science and Public Administration – Barbara Jordan—Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

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Associate Professor – School of Community Health & Policy, Morgan State University

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Associate Dean – Student Success & English Education College of Education, North Carolina A&T University

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Professor of Environmental Science and Policy – School of The Environment, Florida A&M University

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