WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4: ROSA PARKS
Profile America — Monday, February 4th. Adding poignancy to Black History Month today marks the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks, a shy woman 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 blacks, 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, the average black child had attended about seven years of school. Now, 82 percent of African-American adults have at least a high school diploma. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 380
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB12-FF.01
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau