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Being Black in America and Northeast Ohio

The Sound of Ideas
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9:00 am
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Thirteen percent of the United States population is African American yet nearly half of all HIV cases in the U.S afflict blacks. Also, 49 percent of murder victims are black. On average, African Americans die 5 years earlier than whites. In some urban centers up to 70 percent of black children are raised by a single parent or other relative. And the largest percentage of black Americans are middle-class. Those are some of the figures that indicate what life is like for blacks in Ohio and the rest of America, but what are the stories behind the data? Is there something about being black in America that most Americans don't know? CNN is preparing to tell us about the varied black experience in the U.S. and on The Sound of Ideas®, we'll hear about the experiences of blacks in Northeast Ohio - their struggles and triumphs.

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Stephanie McHenry, President, Cleveland Region, ShoreBank
Johnathan Holifield, President & CEO, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland

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