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December 03, 2015

Detroit Sets Pace in Boosting Chances for Black Men, Says Report

Detroit, Oakland, Calif., and Washington, D.C., are doing the most among major U.S. cities to improve black males' opportunities for educational and economic success, according to a new study by a nonprofit leadership organization, the Detroit Free Press and the San Francisco Chronicle write.

The three cities scored 95 out of 100 points in an assessment released Thursday by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, a network of leaders of more than 2,500 nonprofit, business, academic, and other groups. The organization rated 50 cities on the steps they are taking to deal with disparities in education, employment, incarceration, and other areas. The median national score was 48.5.

The study did not aim to measure quality of life for black men and boys but rather to rate cities' commitment to improving their lives, based on government and philanthropic spending, targeted programs, and other measures. "It's not where there is success, but where there is growing promise and hope," said Shawn Dove, the network's chief executive.