Black Census

It's been 153 years since more than 200,000 Black people were asked to talk about what's important to us. This is our time…take the Black Census today!

Be heard! Fill out the Census.

Help us reach 200,000!




The Black Census Project is the first step in transforming Black communities into constituencies that build power in cities and states. We're talking to 200,000 Black people from diverse communities across the country because we want to know what you care about and we want to hear your dreams. Starting in March, we'll be training 100 Black organizers across the country knocking on doors to reach those who are the hardest to reach. Take the first step with us and take the Black Census.

Why Are We Doing This?

Black people are often spoken about or spoken for but Black people are rarely listened to.

The Black Census Project aims to set the record straight.

In order to give Black people an opportunity to speak for ourselves, the Black Census Project will conduct the biggest national survey of Black people across class, disability, gender, geography, immigration status, and sexuality. The collected information will clarify the diversity of wants and needs that Black people imagine for our communities.

This survey, the largest of Black people in recent history, will capture a more accurate picture of who we are and what we care about. The Black Census asks Black communities what we see as the key issues in our communities and asks us about what we think needs to be done to address those issues, so that our lives can change for the better.

Who is the Black Futures Lab?

Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.

The problems facing Black communities are complex. The solutions to these problems will come from our imagination, our innovation, and experimentation. Changing our communities for the better requires changing culture that takes Black people for granted and changing policies and laws that make us criminals and keep resources from our communities.

To get there, we work to understand the dynamics impacting our communities; we build the capacity of our communities to govern; and we engage and include Black people in the decisions that impact our lives.

Why Should I Take the Time?

We are talking to 200,000 Black people in 2018. The Black Census Project uses an interactive online tool as well as in-person surveys so Black community members can share their stories and discuss their concerns. The survey collects information about key issues impacting Black communities including: generational oppression, mass incarceration, police violence, and inequities in healthcare and economic access. The information gathered will guide the priorities and positions of the Black Futures Lab. This survey is historic—you should take it so that your voice can be heard, and so that the things you care about can get addressed!

Where does My Information Go?

We won’t collect or share any personal information—but we will share the information we collect about the patterns we see happening in our communities and what Black people want to see done about what they see. We’ll share that data with survey participants, with Black-led community-based organizations, and with elected officials and legislators who make decisions about our communities. This information will be a resource for improving the ways we serve our Black communities.

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