February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to honor the many contributions to our nation’s history made by people of African descent. Started as a special week in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, the observance is now a full month of activities across the country.

African-Americans, in counting single race or in combination with others, number over 43 million in America. By 2060, this figure is projected to reach 74.5 million. Although New York has the largest black population of any state or equivalent at 3.8 million, Washington, D.C., has the highest percentage at 50 percent. Cook County, Illinois, effectively Chicago, had the largest black population of any county in 2015, numbering 1.3 million.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

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