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The Black Census Project

Launched in early 2018, the inagural Black Census Project asked over 30,000 Black people about their experiences, views and opinions about politics, society and the opportunities and challenges facing Black communities and the nation.

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

Click below to read each report in its entirety.

Beyond Kings and Queens: Gender and Politics in the 2019 Black Census looked 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 attitudes and participation.

Black Futures Lab would like to acknowledge Amy Traub, Associate Director of Policy and Research at Demos, and Shena Elrington, 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 examined 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.”

The first in a series of reports that analyze and interpret the findings of the Black Census, More Black Than Blue: Politics and Power in the 2019 Black Census, focused on political engagement, economic and criminal justice issues.

“More than 31,000 black people from all 50 states participated in what we believe is the largest independent survey of black people ever conducted in the United States.” 

Click here to read Dear Candidates: Here Is What Black People Want, a deeper look into The Black Census Project and its findings— written by Black Futures Lab principal, Alicia Garza, and published by The New York Times.


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