Statistically Speaking

While the United States has become a more racially integrated country in the 39 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, there’s still progress to be made. In honor of his 78th birthday, the following statistics evaluate how far we’ve come.

Percentage of students at post-secondary schools who are minorities: 30.4

Percentage of students at post-secondary schools on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated who were minorities: 12.1

Percentage of new additions to the workforce between 1994 and 2006 who were minorities: 51

Number of minority CEOs of Fortune 500 companies: 5

Percentage of Americans living in poverty who are minorities: 64

Hate crimes perpetrated on the basis of race in 2006: 4,863

Projected year white Americans will become a minority: 2050

Sources: [SLANT12],,[SLANT12]