Here are nine key measures of the progress — or lack thereof.
Wages: Still a struggle
1960s: Forty percent of black Americans lived in poverty, according to 1966 Census data, and raising the minimum wage was a central component for organizers of the March on Washington. They called for a national minimum hourly wage the equivalent of at least $13 in today’s dollars.
Today: In 2011, almost a third of black Americans lived below the poverty level – $23,550 for a family of four, according to the most recent Census data. The average minimum wage in America is $7.25, and this summer fast food workers, which include many black workers, are protesting low wages.
Unemployment: Still a struggle
1960s: Black Americans were twice as likely to be unemployed than white Americans. During the March on Washington, nearly 11 percent of black Americans were unemployed, compared to 5 percent of whites.
Today: The black unemployment rate sits at 13.1 percent — the same as the national rate was during the Great Depression — while white Americans have a 6.7 percent unemployment rate.
Income: Still a struggle
1960s: In 1967, black Americans had the lowest median annual income of all Americans, at about $25,000 (adjusted to 2011 dollars). The median black family of three earned about 55 percent of what a comparable white family earned.
Today: In 2011, according to Census data, the median income for black Americans still ranks at the bottom at $32,000, and a black family of three earns about 59 percent of what a comparable white family …Read full story here: http://www.elpasotimes.com/politics-national/2013/08/50-years-later-how-close-is-the-us-to-kings-dream/