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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27: EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENTProfile America —
Wednesday, February 27th.
On this date in 1872, America's third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first.
Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American. With her degree from historically Black
Howard University, she shortly began her law practice in
Washington, D.C., and was the first woman accredited to argue a case before the Supreme Court. When Charlotte Ray graduated, university degrees were a rarity in all of America. Today, among African-Americans over 25, some 3 million have bachelor's degrees, and an additional 1.5 million hold advanced degrees. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the new "America's Economy" mobile application at
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB12-FF.01U.S. Census Bureau, Educational Attainment 2012
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau