Hart Research Associates
In 1994 Hart Research was asked by the Children’s Defense Fund to conducta research project on behalf of the Black Community Crusade for Childrenamong Black Americans. The research explored attitudes and opinions aboutthe circumstances facing Black Americans, as well as perceptions of theproblems and challenges confronting Black communities in general and Blackyouth in particular. The 1994 research revealed a troubling portrait of life forBlack young Americans, growing up in communities plagued by poorlyperforming schools, drugs, guns, and for many, a movement away fromunified families and a strong moral underpinning that provides much neededguidance and support for young people.Through this research project, we return a decade and a half later to many of the same questions to see what has changed:
Have the situations that Black Americans face changed?
Have circumstances improved for Black Americans, and in particularfor Black children and young people?
Are things easier for Black children today than two decades ago?
What are the major problems and challenges that Black Americans andBlack communities face?
What is the outlook for the future of Black children in America?This report presents the findings of this important study.