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Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day in the United States and I want to share some good news that would have made Reverend King happy and proud of his legacy.

Despite many issues that are still here—from residential segregation to workplace discrimination to over incarceration—more than one-half of black men have made it into the middle or upper class as adults. This means that millions of black men are flourishing financially in America.

As expected, higher education and full-time work look like engines of success. But three other institutions that tend to get less attention—the U.S. military, the black church, and marriage—also appear to play significant roles in black men’s success.

There’s still a lot to do to close the racial gap but I hope this news gives a message to today’s young black males that they too have a shot at achieving the American Dream.

Source: IFS / CNN