*The National Urban League – the nation’s second oldest civil rights organization – last week released its annual “State of Black America” report.

And while making it clear that the group was appreciative of President Obama’s efforts to improve the economy and better living conditions in the nation, the report asserted “much, much more must be done.”

Specifically, Urban League President Marc Morial called on President Obama to promote a “jobs surge” that targets economically hard-hit communities.

In a summary, the report concluded that African Americans “have made gains in overall equality with whites” but still lag behind in areas such as homeownership and are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. (source: Taylor Media Services)