The way forward for African-Americans is simple: Islam. Not the racist Louis Farrakhan type, but the traditional Bilal Ibn Rabah type. I see it every day in the American cities I travel to: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Memphis, St. Louis, Charlotte, Atlanta, et cetera. Growing numbers come in to the soup kitchens, the Millati programs, the temporary shelters, the food pantries, and they are resigned, homeless, skeptical, and cynical beyond belief, but in the end they leave with strength, identity, purpose, and hope. If they accept and if their intentions are pure, the change is swift and quite remarkable. I have seen it so many times that I gave up full-time employment at a major software engineering company just to travel around the country and help in any way I can.
"O people! Your God is one and your forefather (Adam) is one. An Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab, and a red (i.e. white tinged with red) person is not better than a black person and a black person is not better than a red person, except in piety." ---Muhammad