Data gathered by the chamber shows the metro Black population’s median household income is 67% of the white population. Unemployment in the Black community is 1.8% higher. Meanwhile, 30% of Black people in metro Atlanta have college degrees, compared to 44% of white residents.
“We spent the back half of 2020 working through these critical pieces and are eager to launch this important effort that addresses systemic racism, inequity and immobility head on,” Katie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, said in a written statement.
The participating companies include small businesses and some of Atlanta’s best known brands, such as Delta Air Lines, UPS, the Home Depot and Cox Enterprises, which owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.