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Black Census Project Results

“Black people have always played a role in unlocking the promise of an America that has not yet been realized, and if there was ever a time to tap into that power—it’s now.”

Alicia Garza
Principal, Black Futures Lab

Launched by Black Futures Lab in early 2018, the Black Census Project is the largest survey of Black people conducted in the United States since Reconstruction. Over 30,000 Black people from across the country participated in the Black Census Project, providing their views, political beliefs, concerns, and aspirations.

The findings of the 2019 Black Census clarify the diversity of issues that Black people across this country care about and reveal tangible solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our communities.

Black Futures Lab will use the results of the 2019 Black Census to identify pressing legislative and policy priorities, turning this survey into a national, state, and municipal policy platform to guide 2020 Presidential candidates and other political hopefuls as they devise strategies to earn the support of Black voters.

Click below to read each report in its entirety.

Beyond Kings and Queens: Gender and Politics in the 2019 Black Census looks at where and how gender affects the lives and perspectives of Black Census respondents. Comparing the responses of Black men and women — including transgender and cisgender people — as well as non-binary and gender non-conforming people, illuminates key ways that gender shapes the lived experience of Black people in the United States, informing political attiudes and participation.

Black Futures Lab would like to acknowledge Amy Traub, Associate Director of Policy and Research at Demos, and Shena Elington, for their contributions and work on this report. Thank you for your guidance, research, advice, and support.

When the Rainbow Is Not Enough: LGB+ Voices in the 2019 Black Census examines the priorities and concerns of over 5,300 respondents to the 2019 Black Census who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual or describe their sexual orientation as “other.” A forthcoming report will explore the distinct concerns and experiences of Black Census respondents who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or identify their gender as “different” than male or female.
More Black than Blue: Politics in the 2019 Census focuses on political engagement, and the economic and criminal justice concerns of over 30,000 Black Census respondents.

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