African American Assessment

Explain the history of discrimination against African Americans and the efforts to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the United States.  Include specific facts and examples.


**Read Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a Dream.”

Write a summary of the meaning of the speech using inferences.


**Research current African American facts and statistics.

Write 6-10 facts or statistics you found interesting.  These facts should prove or disprove Martin Luther King’s idea of the “promised land.”

2014 – There were 45.7 million African Americans (14.3% of the population)


*List websites used beyond the provided sites.


“25 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Lives of Black People in America”


“Interesting Facts About the African American Population”


“The Top 10 Most Startling Facts About People of Color and Criminal Justice in the United States”


NAACP – “Education Fact Sheet, Health Care Fact Sheet, and Criminal Justice Fact Sheet”


Feeding America “African American Hunger Fact Sheet”

“5 disturbing Stats on Black-White Inequality”



**Based on your research, write a paragraph explaining if we as a country have reached the “promised land” that Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.  Make sure to include facts/statistics to prove your point.