It started as Black History Week to celebrate and commemorate the indefatigable efforts of blacks of African descent to the development of the United States, and since it was established on February 12, 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the event has held annually ever since.
American historian Woodson chose February for Black History Week to coincide with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and editor. But when the United States celebrated its bicentennial independence in 1976, the Black History Week was extended to Black history Month.
And ever since, every American president declared February of every year as the National African-American History Month.
As a matter of statistics, the 2014 Population Estimates on July 1, 2014 set the population of blacks – single blacks or combined from other races – as 45.7 million, 1.3% higher than the number obtained for July 1, 2013. It is however projected that by July 1, 2060, the population of blacks in the US will be in the range of 74.5 million.
According to the 2012 Survey of Business Owners-Black or African American Owned Firms, about 2.6 million businesses are owned by blacks in the US as at 2012, but it was 1.9 million in 2007, an increment of 34.5%.
There are 2.2 million black military veterans in the US in 2014 according to the 2014 American Community Survey. The Diversifying Electorate – Voting Rates by Rates and Hispanic Origin 2012 states that 17.8 million blacks voted in the 2012 presidential election, an increase of 1.7 million when compared to the 2008 election.
The annual median income of black households in 2014 was $35,398 according to the US Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States. Also, the 2014 Current Population Survey, Families and Living Arrangement states that there were 9.9 million black family households in the US as at 2014.
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