US Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 27: Educational Attainment

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Monday, February 27th. On this date in 1872, America’s third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first. Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American, and the first black woman to graduate law school. With her degree from historically black Howard University, she shortly began her law practice in Washington, D.C., and was the first woman accredited to argue a case before the Supreme Court. When Charlotte Ray graduated, only some 8,500 college and professional degrees were awarded in the U.S. Today, in the 25.6 million-strong black population over 25 years old, more than 20 percent have bachelor’s degrees or higher levels of attainment. Over 1.9 million black people have graduate or professional degrees. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at

Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 4637
Charlotte Ray biography/accessed 12/1/16: 
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1976, p. 386
Black population and educational attainment/American Community Survey:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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