WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Tuesday, December 8th. Oberlin College in Ohio has a distinguished reputation among American institutions of higher learning. Its fame would be secure just for its leadership before the Civil War in coeducational instruction and in admitting black students. But Oberlin added to its luster on this date in 1850 when it awarded the nation's first four-year degree to an African-American woman, Lucy Stanton. She headed the school's Ladies Literary Society, and her antislavery commencement address — titled "A Plea for the Oppressed" — can be found on the Internet. There are over 40 million African-Americans in today's population, and nearly 20 percent of those over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher. For women, that figure is close to 22 percent. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at www.census.gov.
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Stanton biography and commencement address/accessed 10/8/2015: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/sessions-lucy-stanton-day-1831-1910
Black population and educational attainment/2014: http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_1YR/B15002B
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 the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau