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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 15

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY

Profile AmericaWednesday, January 15th. Dr. Martin Luther King would be 85 years old today. The civil rights leader, minister, and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1929 and assassinated in 1968. Next Monday is a national holiday, honoring his memory and life's work, appropriate in a month that also sees the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. America's diverse population of some 317 million enjoys the civil rights Dr. King advocated, including around 225 million whites, nearly 44 million African-Americans, over 18 million Asians and about 6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Just over 52 million of the U.S. population is of Hispanic origin. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.

Sources: http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html 
http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdf 
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html  http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb12-90.html

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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