Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington were key moments in the American Civil Rights Movement for African-Americans. It brought to the forefront societal concerns about voting, housing, employment, racial inequality, and education. Here is a look back on how numbers for African-Americans have changed for the better just in higher education, according to the Census Bureau.

  • In 1964, African-Americans accounted for 234,000 college undergraduates. In 2012, there were 2.6 million, more than 10 times as many as there were in 1964.
  • There were only 3.9 percent of African-Americans age 25 and older who completed at least four years of college in 1964. That percentage rose to 21.2 percent in 2012.
  • 365,000 African-Americans had at least a bachelor’s degree in 1964. In 2012, the number was 14 times that — 5.1 million.

In other news on campus, guest speaker Bridget Arend will present “Seven Ways of Learning” on Wednesday, January 23 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center. In athletics news, men’s and women’s basketball will face off against University of Alabama-Huntsville and Lee University this week. The doubleheaders are set for tip off at 5:30 on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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