Read the latest news on Black Futures Lab and the Black Census Project. 


We Always Talk About Black Votes, But We Need More Black Policy

The Black to the Future Public Policy Institute announced the next group of leaders they’re training to help transform Black communities.

The Grio

Black Census hopes to capture the experiences of 250,000 Black Americans to help forge a political agenda

“For democracy or participatory government to be achieved, you have to talk to everybody who has a stake in it,” said Alicia Garza, principal of Black Futures Lab, which is conducting the survey.

Non-Profit Quarterly

Making Black Communities Powerful in Politics—And in Our Lives

Despite rigged rules and relentless attacks on our right to vote, Black communities have shown up, shown out, and changed the trajectory of this country for the better.


Newest Black to the Future Public Policy Institute Cohort Commits to Building Independent, Black Political Power

Since its founding, Black Futures Lab has stood at the intersection of democracy and voting rights, public health, economic security, structural barriers and criminal/legal change.


Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Puts Workforce Progression Into Question

“For our communities, inflation has always been,” says Alica Garza, founder of Black Futures Lab, the administrator of the Black Census. “Rent has always been too damn high. The cost has always been too damn high, and the wages have always been too damn low.”


Alicia Garza: Black People Should Make The Rules ‘So We’re Not Constantly Chasing After Tragedies’

Black Futures Lab Principal Alicia Garza talks to Essence about the Black Census Project, listening to the Black community, and being proactive about policy ahead of elections.


The Black Census Project Ramps Up Effort Ahead Of Midterm Elections

The survey’s aim of capturing a complete picture of Black issues, concerns and life is essential to helping to shape narratives and policies moving forward.


Alicia Garza’s Black Futures Lab Promotes 2022 Black Census With Cross-Country Family Reunion

This year Garza and Black Futures Lab are at it again, hoping to engage more than 200,000 respondents in the most recent “Black Census” being conducted now.

Capital B

What Black Voters Are Saying: Inflation Woes and Midterm Election Hopes

In Decatur, at the Black Census Block Party, attendees shared their views about the state of politics in Georgia. The event was organized by the Black Futures Lab, a nonprofit group exploring new ways of engaging Black communities across the country and helping them build political power.


Take the Black Census in Decatur

Black Futures Lab joins the Decatur Pan-African Festival

Roland Martin Unfiltered

Learn More About Black Census Month

Our Principal, Alicia Garza, joins Roland Martin to discuss Black Census Month

Word in Black

Why We Need a Black Census

The Black Futures Lab aims to talk to 200,000 Black people nationwide, making it the largest independent survey of Black people ever conducted in the United States…


Reality Check with Charles Ellison: Why We Need A Black Census Project ft. BFL Deputy Director Kristin Powell

BFL Deputy Director Kristin Powell joins Reality Check with Charles Ellison on WURD to discuss the Black Census Project…


Reality Check with Charles Ellison: Why We Need A Black Census Project ft. BFL Deputy Director Kristin Powell

BFL Deputy Director Kristin Powell joins Reality Check with Charles Ellison on WURD to discuss the Black Census Project…


Black Futures Lab Launches ‘Black Census Project 2022’ Capturing Viewpoints of Black America

Often overlooked and undercounted, Black people in America have another opportunity to make their voices heard in a new project from Black Futures Lab. Launching on the last day of Black History Month, the Black Futures Lab Black Census Project offers Black communities a chance to weigh in on issues that matter…


BFL Releases Poll, Finds Biden Approval at 78 percent

Prior to taking office, Joe Biden laid out a series of ambitious plans he said he wanted to accomplish within his first 100 days as president. This mark, while undoubtedly arbitrary, does offer a chance to take stock of how well the administration is sticking to its campaign promises, where it’s falling short and whether it’s just too early to tell if it’s making any headway…


BFL Principal Alicia Garza On Derek Chauvin’s Verdict

19th News

Kamala Harris has been VP for 99 days. Here’s what her tenure looks like so far

On the morning of her 90th day in office, Vice President Kamala Harris headed to Greensboro, North Carolina, where she touted the administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan before making a stop that wasn’t on the official schedule…

Roland Martin Unfiltered

BFL March Poll


How Black Futures Lab Is Saving The Black Vote

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza started Black Futures Lab, a nonprofit doing critical work to keep the Black political machine up and running year-round…


BFL Principal Reflects On Breonna Taylor’s Death

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Alicia Garza, of Black Futures Lab about the anniversary of Taylor’s death and the push for police reform…

Today Show on NBC

State of the Struggle – Reflecting on the Historic Year of Change


BFL Principal Alicia Garza: ‘Black People Need to be Organized’

ESSENCE spoke with Alicia Garza—Principal at Black Futures Lab and Author of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart—about her passion for ensuring that Black people get organized in order to make a difference…

LA Times

For Black pioneers Harris and Obama, different times mean different approaches on race

Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008 with explicit advice from his inner circle to downplay “any topic that might be labeled racial grievance” or to “do anything that would box me in as ‘the Black candidate,’” he wrote in his recent memoir…


The Root

Survey Shows Black Voters Are Fired Up to Vote Trump Out, With Many Planning to Vote in Person

With less than a month before Election Day, organizations across the country are ramping up their efforts to get out the vote in what could be the most tumultuous election in modern history…


BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza is Bringing Black Queer Folks to the Polls

One of the results was a deep look into the voting habits and patterns of LGBTQ+ Black voters, and surprise; they are highly likely to not merely vote but to volunteer and donate money to candidates…

Obama Foundation

Anguish And Action

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve…


We Asked 30,000 Black Americans What They Need to Survive. Here’s What They Said

We are all feeling the impacts of this pandemic in very different ways, as a direct result of deep-rooted inequities based on class, race, and gender…


Black Futures Month: Alicia Garza & Economic Justice Across Gender

It’s Black History – and Black Futures – Month, and an opportunity for us all to consider how economic injustice continues to influence the reality of being Black in America…

xtra magazine

Why We Have to Make Black Trans and Gender Nonconforming People a Political Priority

Alicia Garza and her team are making Black trans and gender non-binary people a political priority. Black Futures Lab – founded by Garza, whi is also the co-creator of Black Lives Matter – has released several reports detailing the lives and priorities of Black Americans through the Black Census…

xtra magazine

What Matters Most to Black Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Americans

In December, it released another report, Beyond Kings and Queens: Gender and Politics in the 2019 Black Census, which focuses specifically on the experiences of Black trans, gender nonconforming, non-binary and genderqueer Americans…

San Francisco Bay View

30,000 Respondents Offer a Complex Picture of Race and Gender With Serious Implications for the 2020 Election

Today the Black Futures Lab released “Beyond Kings and Queens: Gender and Politics in the 2019 Black Census,” an analysis of more than 30,000 Black people who are usually not represented or are underrepresented in conventional surveys…

Equal Voice News

Black Census Project Shows You Cant Take Black Voters for Granted

The 2016 U.S. presidential election left Alicia Garza a bit shell-shocked. It wasn’t so much the outcome of the election, but how few Black people participated in the voting process…

The Louisiana Weekly

National Black Census Finds Police Brutality, Employment Amongst Black Americans Major Concerns

When officials with the Black Futures Lab, a national non-profit empowerment group, approached the New Orleans’ Ubuntu Village organization to help conduct the first large-scale, nationwide survey of Black Americans in a century and a half, Ubuntu Lead Organizer Myron Miller jumped…



miami herald

If Candidates Want Black Votes, They Have to Do More Than Eat a Piece of Fried Chicken

Recently, the Black Futures Lab, a national advocacy group devoted to helping build black political power, conducted a census of more than 30,000 respondents and more than 30 black-led grassroots organizations…

xtra magazine

What Matters Most to Black Queer Americans

What are the pressing issues that Black LGBTQ people in the US face today? The Black Census, released in May, has answers…


Listen to Black Voters: Put Economic Justice First

On the heels of the year’s first Democratic Presidential debates, many scratch their heads at what, ultimately, will set the sprawling field of 20 candidates apart – not just in rhetoric, but in policy…


2019 Black Census Reveals Economic Wages, Police Brutality Plague Black LGBT+ Members

Results of the 2019 Black Census were recently unveiled and it highlights the daily concerns that plague Black Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or “other” (LGB+)…

Teen vogue

Alicia Garza Talks 2020, Young Black Voters, and the Black Census Project

Every day, the 2020 election gets a little closer. 


Black Census Project Shows Black Voters Are Not of One Voice

One of the nation’s most prominent social movement leaders is the engine behind a far-reaching new poll that finds black Americans are diverse politically and care about earning enough, finding housing they can afford, and being able to pay for higher education…


New Survey of 30,000 Black Voters Finds that Black Communities Feel Ignored by Democrats

The Black Census Project survey finds that black Americans’ high political engagement isn’t translating into serious outreach from politicians…


Black Census Project Reveals Electorate’s Concerns — and Power

More than half of the 30,000+ survey participants said that politicians do not care about them or their interests….

Atlanta Daily World

First Report of the 2019 Black Census Reveals Winning Path for 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and the Black Futures Lab release More Black Than Blue: Politics + Power in the 2019 Black Census, the first in a series of imprints analyzing an online and direct outreach survey of 30,000 of the most politically engaged Black people in the United States…

Daily Mail

African Americans Believe Politicians Care More About White People, The Rich, Big Business and Campaign Donors, Survey Says

African Americans feel like they’re not a priority to U.S. politicians, according to a new survey of more than 31,000 Black people by the Black Census Project…


‘Black Lives Matter’ Founder Alicia Garza Surveyed 31,000 Black Voters And Here’s What She Found

A new report is shedding insight into the political beliefs and aspirations of more than 31,000 Black voters as the nation prepares for the 2020 elections…

The Root

New Survey Says: Politicans Don’t Care About Black People

Tired of politicians talking at, about, but never to, black people, a bevy of organizations joined to conduct the largest survey of black people in the United States since Reconstruction, entitled More Black than Blue: Politics + Power in the 2019 Black Census.


Presidential Hopefuls Should Really Be Paying Attention To The Results of This Black Census

In 2018, more than 31,000 Black people across 50 states weighed-in on the issues that concern them the most. The results are now in…

The grio

What the 2019 Black Census Report Reveals About Black Voter Power in the 2020 Election

Launched in early 2018, the Black Census Project was an intensive survey of 30,000  Black people around the country about their political beliefs…

The New York Times

Dear Candidates: Here Is What Black People Want

During election season, I always cringe when I see candidates eating fried chicken next to a bottle of hot sauce in Harlem or taking staged photos with black leaders. These shallow symbolic gestures are not a substitute for meaningful engagement with Black voters. And candidates should know that we see right through them.