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Never say we haven’t made progress

George Curry | 9/16/2013, 10:47 a.m.
George Curry

2011

27.6 percent

Poverty rate for single-race Blacks. Nationally, the poverty rate for all races was 15 percent.

HOUSING

1970

41.6 percent

Homeownership rate for Blacks (the earliest this information is available for race).

2011

43.4 percent

Homeownership rate for Blacks.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

1964

25.7 percent

Percentage of Blacks age 25 and over who completed at least four years of high school.

2.4 million

Number of Blacks 25 and over with at least four years of high school.

2012

85 percent

Percentage of Blacks age 25 and over who completed at least four years of high school.

20.3 million

Number of Blacks 25 and over with at least a high school diploma.

COLLEGE STUDENTS

and GRADUATES

1964

234,000

Number of Black undergraduate college students.

3.9 percent

Percentage of Blacks age 25 and over who completed at least four years of college

365,000

Number of Blacks who had at least a bachelor’s degree.

2012

2.6 million

Number of Black undergraduate college students in 2011 – More than 10 times as many as 1964.

21.2 percent

Percentage of Blacks age 25 and over who completed at least four years of college.

5.1 million

Number of Blacks who had at least a bachelor’s degree.

Yes, we have made progress as a direct result of the modern Civil Rights Movement. And instead of denying that fact – preferring to see the glass as half-empty instead of half-full – we should celebrate that progress and let it be proof that with our efforts, we can continue to make progress over another 50 years.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, http://www.georgecurry.com.