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From the U.S. Census:

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.

Some of what you’ll find in the roundup. Each item is linked to source report.

46.3 million
The black population, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, on July 1, 2015, up about 1.3 percent from July 1, 2014.

108,473
The estimated number of black-owned employer firms in 2014.

2.2 million
The number of black military veterans in the United States in 2015.

1.9 million
The number of black people age 25 and over that attained an advanced degree in 2015.

Much more in the complete document. A PDF version is also available.

Infographic also from U.S. Census.

Black Education on the Rise
Source: U.S. Census

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