February is National African American History Month
According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) statistics, in 2013 more than 50% of older African Americans lived in eight states: New York (331,114), Florida (286,438), Texas (255,362), Georgia (252,101), California (248,195), North Carolina (221,725), Illinois (196,584), and Maryland (177,521).
Nationally in 2014, there were 8,582 African Americans age 100 years and older (1,558 men and 7,024 women). They comprised 12 percent of all centenarians.
African Americans make up a large part of New York’s older adult population and National African American History Month gives us all cause to celebrate their contributions.
History Behind the Designation
In 1976, the nation's bicentennial, President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Since then each American president has issued National African American History Month proclamations.
To learn more about African American History Month, please visit:
- 10 Little Known African American History Facts (Public Broadcasting Service)
- Population Data: Aging African Americans in the U.S. (ACL)
- 7 African American Women Who Have (Historically) Been Overlooked (Madame Noire)