February is Black History Month.

Sunday, February 1st — 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 44 million in the U.S.

By 2060, this figure is projected to reach nearly 77.5 million — about 18.4 percent of the country’s entire population.

Although New York has the largest number of blacks of any state at 3.7 million, Washington, D.C., has the highest percentage at over 52 percent.

Cook County, Illinois, effectively Chicago, had the largest black population of any county in 2012, numbering 1.3 million.



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