U.S. Census Bureau Black History Month Feature for February 6

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6: VIRGINIA HAMILTON

Profile America for the sixth day of Black History Month.  The late Virginia Hamilton has been called "a majestic presence" in children's literature."  She was greatly influenced by growing up on a small Ohio farm and by her extended family — but especially by her parents, who were gifted storytellers.  Hamilton went on to write or edit more than 35 children's books — many of them reflecting the life of African-Americans.  Her works, such as "M.C. Higgins the Great," won nearly every award possible, including the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.  Virginia Hamilton was also the first children's writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.  There are 200,000 writers and authors in the U.S. — about 4 percent of them African-American.  This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Sources:  www.virginiahamilton.com
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 616

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