At least there is a Black History Month and the Census Bureau invites speakers! They will not acknowledge MULTIRACIAL HERITAGE WEEK. We would definitely speak to them, if invited, and we would play nice. -Susan Graham for Project RACE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Census Bureau Statement on Black History Month Speaker
Release Number: CB15-RTQ.17
July 14, 2015— The Census Bureau’s Equal Employment Office invited Dick Gregory to speak at a Black History Month cultural emphasis program. Gregory was paid $1,400. He was invited to share personal recollections of the civil rights movement in a way that would be appropriate for a federal workplace.
We have informed staff that Gregory’s statements were not appropriate and we have taken steps to revise our policy for vetting outside speakers.
This is very interesting, considering that the Governor of ALABAMA has joined us by issuing a proclamation for the state to celebrate Multiracial Heritage Week! -Susan
Census shows Alabama growing older, producing fewer babies
Alabama is growing slightly more diverse, while also producing fewer babies, according to a U.S. Census report released this week.
The new figures on age and race within states and counties show that half of Alabamians were older than 37.9 years of age in 2010. That median — or middle mark — is now up to 38.6-years-old as of 2014.
That’s because Alabama saw about 10,000 fewer young children from 2010 to 2014. The Census shows 305,000 children under the age of 5 in 2010. That was down to 295,000 in 2014.
The new report is broken down by race, and the decline can be seen across racial and ethnic groups. White and black, Hispanic and Native American, all saw fewer young children in Alabama in 2014.
There was a slight increase in recent births among the state’s small Asian population. But the only category to see any sizable growth among the youngest members were those reporting as “two or more races.”
That was the fastest growing category for race or ethnicity from 2010 to 2014, climbing from 64,000 Alabamians in 2010 to 75,000 in 2014. Nationwide, about 2.5 percent of Americans now answer as “two or more races.”
Meanwhile, Alabama has seen a steady year-over-year rise in the number of residents over the age of 65. For instance, Alabama had about 77,700 residents over the age of 85 in 2010. That had climbed each year to reach 83,600 residents over 85 in 2014.
The Census report this week shows Maine with the highest median age at 44.2 and Utah as the most youthful state with a median age of 30.5.
Within Alabama, the new numbers on race and ethnicity show that Pickens County saw the largest jump in Hispanic population, climbing 170 percent since 2010. But that’s still fewer than 1,000 residents in the small county. Most counties saw more modest gains.
Only Barbour, Tallapoosa, Montgomery, Jefferson and Chilton saw a drop in the Hispanic population since 2010. Jefferson County, home to the state’s largest Hispanic population, dropped about 3 percent from about 25,500 Hispanic residents to just under 24,900 in 2014.
Mobile County has the largest Native American population at about 4,000 residents. Jefferson has the state’s largest Asian population at 10,500 residents, followed by Madison County at 9,000.
There were slight changes in terms of white and black demographics.
Macon and Greene counties continue to have the highest percentage of black residents at just over 80 percent, while Winston and Cullman in north Alabama continue to have the highest percentage of white residents at just over 96 percent.
However, all four counties had grown slightly more diverse in the last four years. For instance, Macon County went from 83 to 81 percent black as the county shrank. Winston went from 97 to 96 percent white as the small black population doubled.
The Census released overall population estimates for states, counties, metro areas and cities earlier this year.
Alabama in 2014 had 4.85 million residents. The new report shows about 70 percent are white, 27 percent are black, nearly 2 percent are “two or more” races and 1 percent are Asian. Here’s the racial breakdown and median age for the state’s four most populous counties.
Two or more
Updated at 9:45 a.m. on June 28, 2015: Readers have requested data for Hispanic residents. The Census separates race and Hispanic origin. Residents are asked to identify as white and Hispanic, or white and non-Hispanic, black and Hispanic, black and non-Hispanic, etc.
Overall 4.1 percent of Alabamians in 2014 identified as Hispanic, up from 3.8 percent in 2010. Here are the five counties with the largest Hispanic population. Each sits in North Alabama and each is home to the state’s massive chicken industry.
Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen receives proclamation of N.C. Multiracial Heritage Week
During a press conference Monday to announce a proclamation by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory of N.C. Multiracial Heritage Week, Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen Makensie McDaniel, right, presented a framed copy of the proclamation to her parents, Dee and Melissa McDaniel, and to Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony, left, and Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman, back. Photo courtesy Victorian Rose Studio
Proclamation of Multiracial Heritage Week
SHELBY – As the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father, Makensie McDaniel, Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen 2015, identifies as multiracial.
“I am me, mixed, but not mixed up,” McDaniel said. “I’m a voice for multiracial children. I want people to learn who they are, be proud of who they are and love who they are.”
Since being crowned in January, McDaniel has traveled the area to speak to school groups and others about the ambiguities faced by multiracial children. The vision of her “I am me” platform is to make multiracial people more visible in their communities. As a volunteer with Project Race, a national advocacy group for multiracial people, she recently wrote to N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory asking him to consider proclaiming a statewide Multiracial Heritage Week.
Celebrating multiracial heritage
Monday morning, a representative from the governor’s office visited Cleveland County to officially recognize June 7-14 as North Carolina’s first Multiracial Heritage Week.
“Other states have done it, but this is a first for North Carolina,” McDaniel said. “We are asking for people who are multiracial to be celebrated, because everybody should be celebrated.”
Project Race Inc. Executive Director Susan Graham appreciates the work McDaniel is doing in North Carolina.
“Project RACE Teens are an awesome part of Multiracial Heritage Week,” said Susan Graham, Executive Director, Project RACE Inc. “Makensie is teaching other teens about racial identity and how government can help acknowledge them.”
It is estimated that 2.2 percent of North Carolina’s population is multiracial. The true number is unknown because when multiracial people fill out forms, “other” is the only choice they have, if they don’t want to identify as Caucasian or African American.
“I’m not an ‘other,’” McDaniel said.
The 2000 Census was the first time people had the option to check if they were of two or more races, she said.
She would like for healthcare forms and other forms to list multiracial as an option. In North Carolina, however, a child’s race is listed the same as the mother’s race on the birth certificate.
“When I was little, I thought I was brown,” she said. “In middle school, I thought I was white, but now I’m proud of being multiracial. It’s OK to pick one or the other (race), but I want children to be happy who they are.”
Getting ready to compete
McDaniel is the daughter of Dee and Melissa McDaniel of Mount Holly. She is a rising sophomore at South Point High School and has been dancing for 11 years at Dance Specialties in Belmont.
She’s preparing to compete in the Miss North Carolina Pageant June 20 in Raleigh. For the talent portion of the competition, she will perform a jazz routine to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson.
“It’s been fun and exciting,” she said about her time as Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen. “The last three weeks have been crazy.”
Miss Shelby and Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen are part of the Miss America Organization, which is a non-profit scholarship agency. Both competitions are the only official preliminaries to the Miss North Carolina in Cleveland County. She decided to compete in the Miss America organization because of the scholarship awards.
“The Miss America organization is one of the biggest scholarship pageants in the world,” she said.
McDaniel said she has learned a lot during her reign.
“It has helped me to be more confident and independent,” she said. “It has helped me learn about myself and helped me set goals.”
She plans to attend the University of Georgia to major in broadcasting and her goal is to be a member of the dance team.
“I like the Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons,” she said. “My Dad is from Georgia and I am a ‘Daddy’s Girl.’”
We are almost ready for Multiracial Heritage Week (#MHW15), which will take place from June 7-14, 2015! We have volunteers signed up from 18 states and the District of Columbia! This is your last chance to sign up and be part of history.
We need volunteers from every state to help gain official recognition. You can help get MULTIRACIAL HERITAGE WEEK in your state.
***Volunteers from each state will receive a cool pack of
Crayola Multicultural Crayons. ***
It’s so easy! Just click on this link to be part of history!