As the Urban League’s research arm, the Washington Bureau conducts insightful research on the urban America and other underserved communities and the issues and policies that impact their social and economic status, mobility, prosperity and empowerment.

The Washington Bureau is responsible for producing publications that have explored the impact of health disparities in the black community in The State of Urban Health; the impact and importance of the black vote in The Hidden Swing Voters; and looked at the challenges facing black families in the wake of the financial downturn in the country in The State of the Black Middle Class.

The Washington Bureau also offers thoughtful policy recommendations and information guides that support our Empowerment Goals in publications such as our 8-Point Plan: Educate, Employ and Empower and Teachers Matter.

The Digital Revolution: Electrification & Smart Communities The Benefits and the Barriers

A deeper dive into Electrification and the important issues which must be addressed if African Americans are to harness the economic benefits of electrification.

Small Business, Big Opportunities: Creating More Jobs With Technology

Against the backdrop of growing income ineuqality and peristently high unemployment rates, African Americans continue to start and strive to grow small and medium sized businesses. This report outlines the benefits that technology can deliver to help these small business succeed and thrive.

When Should I Take Social Security? It Pays to Wait

This brochure, produced in partnership with the National Academy on Social Insurnace, identifies questions all individuals need to ask when considering retirement planning and Social Security.

From Access to Completion: A Seamless Path to College Completion for African Americans

The National Urban League report, "From Access to Completion: A Seamless Path to College Graduation for African Americans, finds that a majority (65 percent) of African American college students are categorized as "non-traditional" or "independent" meaning they tend to be older and employees first, balancing work and family responsibilities while going to school. The report finds that the work and family dynamics that characterize these students have a direct impact on the kind of school they choose to attend, their matriculation, their completion rates and the amount of financial aid...

With Broadband Equity for All

WHITE PAPER -- With Broadband Equity For All: Principles to Drive Adoption, Investment and Growth in Urban America

Through the work of the Urban Solutions Council, the National Urban League Washington Bureau has identified a number of areas of broadband policy alignment and outline these principles in this document.

WHITE PAPER -- A Blueprint for Efficient, Equitable and Inclusive Tax Reform

National Urban League Releases Guiding Principles for Tax Reform

WHITE PAPER -- Health Policy: A Vehicle for Improved Health and Economic Outcomes for Urban America

“Of all the forms of inequity, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For over 100 years, the National Urban League (NUL) has been committed to the mission of
economic empowerment in African American and other underserved communities – a mission that

A Long Road Back to Work: The Realities of Unemployment since the Great Recession (2011)

A Long Road Back to Work: The Realities of Unemployment since the Great Recession explores the demographic composition of the long-term unemployed and addresses their access to and utilization of unemployment compensation benefits, prospects for re-employment, and how re-employment opportunities compare to the jobs they held previously.

50+ African American Workers: A Status Report, Implications and Recommendations (2011)

This report provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the employment experiences and economic well-being of African Americans age 50 and older.

The State of Urban Health

Co-authored by Dr. Valerie Rawlston, chief economist and vice president for research for the Urban League, The State of Urban Health: Eliminating Health Disparities underscores the tragic reality that health disparities among African-Americans don’t just carry a human cost in higher levels of illness, disability, and death; it heaps a financial burden on families still trying to recover from the Great Recession.