African American Social and Economic Disabilities


As an organization dedicated to empowering, engaging, and ensuring economic growth within the Black community of Maryland’s PG County, COWOC recognizes the profound and enduring impact of African American social and economic disabilities stemming from the tragic history of the transatlantic slave trade. From the brutal exploitation of enslaved Africans to the enduring legacy of systemic racism and inequality in the United States, the Black community has faced centuries of oppression, discrimination, and marginalization.

Despite the progress made in the fight for civil rights, African Americans continue to face significant barriers to economic and social advancement. Persistent disparities in education, employment, housing, healthcare, and criminal justice reflect deep-rooted inequalities that undermine the full potential and dignity of Black individuals and families.

According to recent data, African American households are nearly twice as likely to experience poverty compared to white households, with approximately 1 in 4 Black individuals living below the poverty line. Additionally, African Americans face higher rates of unemployment, with the unemployment rate for Black Americans consistently higher than the national average. In the criminal justice system, Black individuals are disproportionately represented, comprising a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population despite being a minority in the overall population.

At COWOC, we are committed to addressing these challenges head-on and fostering meaningful change within our community. Through advocacy, education, and economic empowerment initiatives, we seek to dismantle systemic barriers and create opportunities for Black individuals to thrive and succeed. By providing access to resources, mentorship, job training, entrepreneurship support, and financial assistance, we aim to uplift and empower the next generation of leaders, innovators, and change-makers.

Our efforts extend beyond mere rhetoric; we are actively engaged in grassroots organizing, community partnerships, and policy advocacy to enact tangible and sustainable solutions. By amplifying the voices of the marginalized, advocating for equitable policies, and fostering collaboration across sectors, we strive to create a more just, inclusive, and prosperous society for all.

Together, with the unwavering support of our allies and the resilience of the Black community, we believe that transformative change is not only possible but imperative. As we continue our journey toward justice and equality, COWOC remains steadfast in our commitment to building a brighter future where every individual, regardless of race or background, can thrive and contribute to the collective prosperity of our community and nation.