WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24: CARL STOKES
Profile America for the 24th day of Black History Month. Carl Stokes became the first African- American mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1967. He was born in that city in 1927, and dropped out of high school to join the army in 1944. After his discharge, he earned his high school diploma, went to college and graduated from law school. During his years as mayor, he opened city hall jobs to blacks and women and is remembered for his vision and innovation. After leaving office, stokes worked in television, and became a municipal judge. Most recent statistics show there are nearly 5,800 African-Americans serving in county and municipal elected positions. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 559
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 404
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office 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). For further information, contact Rick Reed: 301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: rreed-at-census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau