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from Christina Laun and Ralph W. Conner

Starting in 1926 and expanded in 1976 to cover the whole month of February, time has been set aside to celebrate the lives and achievements of great African-Americans. Whether you want to educate children about important figures in the past or just learn a little more about a person whose life has inspired you, there are a number of great resources available to you on the Web. We’ve collected a few of them here to help you learn, celebrate and remember the contributions of African-Americans to our nation.(Christina Laun)

How Should Americans Celebrate Black History Month in February 2009?

I have selected 20 of the 100 websites compiled by Christina Laun
(http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2009/100-great-sites-to-celebrate-black-history-month/ ) to highlight the 2009 Black History Month Celebration.

There are many aspects of Black History witnessed in 2008 which make this Obama Era an historical milestone for decades to come. The excitement and black pride attendant to the election of the first African-American USA president is a source of wonderment internationally. But let us not lose sight of the many challenges confronting the African-American community as we enter the end of the decade and prepare for the statistics in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Black (African-American) History Month:
February 2009

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 into Black History Month.

This year, President Barack H. Obama will proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

Black Population:

40.7 million
As of July 1, 2007, the estimated population of black residents in the United States, including those of more than one race. They made up 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population. This figure represents an increase of more than half a million residents from one year earlier.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html&gt;

65.7 million
The projected black population of the United States (including those of more than one race) for July 1, 2050. On that date, according to the projection, blacks would constitute 15 percent of the nation’s total population.
Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012496.html&gt;

18
Number of states with an estimated black population on July 1, 2007, of at least 1 million. New York, with 3.5 million, led the way. The 17 other states on the list were Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html&gt;

38%
Percentage of Mississippi’s population that is black, highest of any state. Blacks also make up more than a quarter of the population in Louisiana (32 percent), Georgia (31 percent), Maryland (30 percent), South Carolina (29 percent) and Alabama (27 percent). They comprise 56 percent of the population in the District of Columbia.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html&gt;

84,000
The increase in Georgia’s black population between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, which led all states. Texas (62,000), Florida (48,000) and North Carolina (45,000) also recorded large increases.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html&gt;

24
Number of states or equivalents in which blacks are the largest minority group. These include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. (Note: Minorities are part of a group other than single-race non-Hispanic white.)
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011910.html&gt;

1.4 million
The number of blacks in Cook County, Ill., as of July 1, 2007, which led the nation’s counties in the number of people of this racial category. Orleans Parish, La., had the largest numerical increase in the black population between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007 (20,800). Neighboring St. Bernard Parish had the largest percent increase over the period (97 percent).
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012463.html&gt;

Among counties with total populations of at least 10,000, Claiborne County, Miss., had the largest percent of population that was black (84.5 percent). Claiborne led 82 majority-black counties or equivalents, all but one of which (St. Louis city, Mo.) was in the South.
Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012463.html&gt;

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