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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 17

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WASHINGTON, May 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America - Saturday, 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 vs. 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 several decades. The case was argued on behalf of the NAACP by Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. In the early 1950s, about 14 percent of adult blacks were high school graduates. That figure is now over 83 percent. Then, barely over 2 percent had college diplomas; now the rate has risen to almost 19 percent. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb14-ff03.html  
http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/census/half-century/tables.html Tables 3 & 4

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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