Saturday, February 4, 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 4: Rosa Parks

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 4: Rosa Parks
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Saturday, February 4th. Adding poignancy to Black History Month, today marks the birthday in 1913 of Rosa Parks, a community activist who became a symbol of the fight for civil equality. Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man. This sparked a boycott of the bus system by black people, which greatly energized the ultimately successful civil rights movement. During her life, Rosa Parks championed the cause of increased opportunities for youth. When she was arrested in 1955, black children on average had attended about seven years of school. Now, about 85 percent of African-American adults have at least a high school diploma, and almost 3.4 million are enrolled in college as graduate or undergraduate students. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at

Rosa Parks/accessed 11/30/2016:
Black education in 1950s: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 380
High school diplomas/American Community Survey:
College enrollment: American Community Survey:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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