After years of studies, reports, and speeches on the state of Madison’s minority populations, last year, one finally made headlines: the Race to Equity report. The 82-page report documented in alarming detail just how large the divide is between black Madison and white Madison. It’s been credited for igniting a discussion about racism in Madison, and movement to address its disparities. The report revealed that health outcomes, educational achievement, and economic success for people of color in Madison are dramatically worse than for whites.
- More than half of African Americans in Dane County live in poverty
- 3 out of 4 African American children in Dane County live in poverty
- One in four African Americans in Dane County is unemployed
On the anniversary of the report’s release, WORT’s Helena White has conducted interviews with civic leaders across Madison to understand what has changed a year later.
Click on the points on the map above to hear interviews about the state of race relations in the Madison area.