Dedrick Asante-Muhammad has been a long time thought leader focused on racial economic inequality. He started his work as the first Racial Wealth Divide Coordinator at United For A Fair Economy. He then went on to work with Chuck Collins at Institute for Policy Studies Inequality and Common Good Program. Dedrick then went on to become the Senior Director of the Economic Department for the NAACP and currently is the Chief of Race, Wealth and Community for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Dedrick has also worked for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, multi-cultural centers and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

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Sixty Years Later, We Can Make King’s Dream a Reality

In our new report, “Still A Dream,” we note progress—alongside some humbling findings about how far we have to go.

We Still Have a Dream

Sixty years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, our racial economic divide is vast as ever. But it can still be closed — and quickly.

REPORT: Still A Dream: Over 500 Years to Black Economic Equality

60 years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the racial wealth divide persists.

Taxes on the Wealthy Could Fund Reparations—and Create a More Equal America for Everyone

Congress should establish a national commission to examine the legacy of slavery and propose reparations funded by breaking up concentrated wealth in the United States.

From Affirmative Action To Reparations: Bridging Racial Economic Inequality

While our federal government backtracks, state and local lawmakers are increasingly taking action to repair racial divides through policies designed to address racial inequality.

The Boldest Step to Close the Racial Wealth Divide in Generations

One state’s “Baby Bonds” program should be a model for the whole country.

Reparations Are Expensive — but Not Repairing the Harm Costs More

The racial wealth divide between Black and White Americans is much bigger — and more stubborn — than many of us realize. The median African-American household has just 6 percent of […]

The Great Migration Failed to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide. What’s Next?

Real and lasting economic opportunities for Black families will come only through a serious national reckoning on race.

Crypto Is a Risky Bet for Black Americans

There are better ways to close the racial wealth gap while giving a leg up to Americans of every color.

‘Reckoning’ with the Economic Marginalization of Native Americans

Efforts to narrow the racial wealth divide must address the disparities that are at the heart of our nation’s founding and still run through its veins in the 21st century.

Dr. King Remained Hopeful. So Can We.

King’s “Testament of Hope” sounds as relevant today as the day it was published.

What Chinatowns Can Teach Us About Community

As our country looks to “build back better,” Chinatowns show how to foster vibrant, welcoming communities of all kinds.

Rebuilding Black-Owned Businesses after COVID-19

The pandemic hit Black entrepreneurs especially hard. To recover, we need to treat the pre-existing conditions.

Obama Didn’t Close the Racial Wealth Divide. Can Biden?

Dr. King called moderation the “great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom.” Biden should heed that warning today.

Can Corporations Walk the Walk on Racial Justice?

Many companies are tweeting about their commitment to racial equity, but not practicing it in their own staffing.

The Simplest Way to Close the Racial Wealth Gap? Direct Cash Payments

Here’s my proposal: give $20,000 to every American with an enslaved ancestor, every year, for 20 years. We can afford it

The Pandemic Is Accelerating the Racial Wealth Divide. Here’s How We Turn It Around.

If we want justice, we must help Black families invest in themselves

Racial Health and Economic Disparities are Two Sides of the Same Coin

COVID-19 continues to aggravate deeply embedded inequalities. We need bold policy solutions aimed at bridging the racial wealth divide now more than ever.

A Trillion in Prevention

For working people, our economy was never as strong as it seemed. The trillions we invest in recovering from the coronavirus must change that.

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