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Civil Rights Movement: "Black Power" Era

Civil Rights Movement: "Black Power" Era

Civil Rights Movement: "Black Power" Era Statistics

By the Numbers

U.S. population in 1970: 203,211,926
Black population in 1970: 22,580,289 (11%)1

Estimated number of blacks registered to vote in Mississippi in 1960: 22,000
Estimated number of blacks registered to vote in Alabama in 1960: 66,000
Estimated number of blacks registered to vote in South Carolina in 1960: 58,000
Estimated number of blacks registered to vote in Mississippi in 1966: 175,000
Estimated number of blacks registered to vote in Alabama in 1966: 250,000
Estimated number of blacks registered to vote in South Carolina in 1966: 191,0002

Percentage of the total population living below the poverty threshold in 1966: 14.7%
Percentage of the white population living in poverty in 1966: 11.3%
Percentage of the black population living in poverty in 1966: 41.8%

Percentage of the total population living below the poverty threshold in 1976: 11.8%
Percentage of the white population living in poverty in 1976: 9.1%
Percentage of the black population living in poverty in 1976: 31.1%3

Percentage of unemployment among all American men in 1970: 3.8%
Percentage of unemployment among white men in 1970: 3.6%
Percentage of unemployment among black men in 1970: 6.3%

Percentage of unemployment among all American women in 1970: 5.2%
Percentage of unemployment among white women in 1970: 4.8%
Percentage of unemployment among black women in 1970: 8%

Percentage of unemployment among all American men in 1980: 6.5%
Percentage of unemployment among white men in 1980: 5.9%
Percentage of unemployment among black men in 1980: 12.5%

Percentage of unemployment among all American women in 1980: 6.5%
Percentage of unemployment among white women in 1980: 5.7%
Percentage of unemployment among black women in 1980: 11.5%4

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