LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It was an historic speech in 1963 with Dr. Martin King talking about employment equality and equal pay, but what is it lie here in Las Vegas in 2013? How far have we come? What do the numbers tell us?
News 3's John Treanor takes a look at the figures.
The numbers don’t lie. They are simply statistics and fact.
In 1963 the numbers helped push America to a march for change.
The numbers were unfair but are they different now?
Let’s look at the paycheck, the dignified jobs and decent wages Dr. King demanded on that historic day 50 years ago.
In 1963 the average black adult in America made $22,266 a year. Today that number is just over $40,000 but add in inflation, make it all equal, and the weekly paycheck looks like this:
- 1963: $312.69
- 2013: $292.15
And what about those without jobs 50 years ago -- 10 percent of black adults in the country we unemployed. Today that number is 12.6 percent.
“So were actually seeing more African American kids getting degrees, bachelors undergraduate yet were still seeing unemployment rise?