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U.S. Census Bureau Black History Month Feature for February 15

February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America for the 15th day of Black History Month. One of the most important figures in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong — nicknamed “Satchmo” — was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901. To honor its native son, the city hosts a major jazz festival every year. While the exact date of Armstrong’s birth was the subject of confusion for years, his impact on jazz and popular music was never in dispute. His innovative playing helped define not only the jazz trumpet but jazz itself. Jazz continues to have a relatively small but fiercely loyal group of fans. About 8 percent of adults attend a live jazz performance each year, and jazz accounts for some 3 percent of recordings sold annually. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 1102
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1238

Profile America Special Edition: Black History Month 2012 is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or 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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