WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4: ROSA PARKS
Profile America for the fourth day of Black History Month. Today marks the birthday of Rosa Parks, a shy woman who became a symbol of the civil rights movement. When she died, a member of congress said: "There are very few people who can say their actions and conduct changed the face of the nation — Rosa Parks is one." 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, eventually leading to the civil rights movement and desegregation. 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, 84 percent of African- American adults have a high school diploma. You can find these and more facts about African-Americas on the web at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 116
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 380
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.01
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