This brief presents results from The Washington Post, Kaiser Foundation and Harvard University's African American Men Survey on the subset of 400 African American men ages 18 to 29 interviewed.
  • Eight in ten young black men surveyed said they were mostly optimistic about their own future. Eighty seven percent were either employed or in school; though the approximately ten percent of this demographic incarcerated at the time were not accounted for.
  • being successful in a career, being respected by others, and standing up for your racial or ethnic group were each rated as "very important" by at least 75 percent of young black men.
  • Of a number of problems facing black men, the one the most respondents in this group cited as a "big problem" was young black men not taking their education seriously enough.
  • Fifty one percent reported having been unfairly stopped by the police because of race and 47 percent were "very worried" about unfair police treatment.
  • Young black men were about twice as likely to say they were very close with their mothers than with their fathers. The factor most frequently named as a reason for declining marriage among African Americans was that too many men were in prison or had been killed.