WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THE CROW FLIES
Profile America — Wednesday, May 17th. On this date in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most historic decisions, changing the social landscape of the nation. The justices ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation of public schools based solely on race was unconstitutional. The ruling effectively did away with the "separate but equal" concept that had legitimized segregation for decades after Reconstruction. The case was argued on behalf of the NAACP by Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first African-American Supreme Court justice. In 1960, about 20 percent of adult blacks were high school graduates. That figure is now around 85 percent. Again in 1960, barely over 3 percent had college diplomas; now the rate has risen to almost 21 percent. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Brown vs. Board of Education/accessed 3/8/2017:
Historic educational attainment/page 10-table 263:
Current high school and college attainment level/American Community Survey: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~004
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 http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau