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Broward County > Government > District 6 - Sue Gunzburger > Newsletters > Black History Month and More News

During the month of February, Americans celebrate Black History Month. It’s a time to celebrate our diversity in the United States and acknowledge African-Americans whose achievements and accomplishments have changed the world. The remembrance originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.

Recent statistics released by the U.S. Census bureau indicate that Broward County’s diversity has steadily increased over the past several years. In 2008, Broward's Minority Population increased to 53 percent of the total. Hispanics in Broward display the largest annual increases while the Black population records slight gains each year beginning in 2006. Broward’s total population in 2008 was 1.7 million people. Of those roughly 24% are Hispanic, 23% African-American, 47% are white, 3% Asian and about 3% are listed as “other race.” Some other interesting facts gleaned from the 2008 statistics indicate that 51% of the population is female. The median age in Broward County is 40. The median income is $51,000. While Broward County declined in population between 2007 and 2008, 95,000 new residents were added, more than half of those were from other Florida counties, 31,000 came from other states and 18,000 were from other countries.

U.S. Census Days is April 1, 2010 and I must urge you to please fill out your census form that will arrive in the mail. The form is simple and takes only 10 minutes to complete. It does not ask for your social security number. It asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether you own or rent your home. It’s really important because Broward County and our cities receive funding for education, public safety, housing and community development, transportation, health care and human services programs based on Census results. Community organizations use results to develop social service programs, and businesses use results to determine location of factories, shopping centers, movie theaters, banks and offices – activities that lead to new jobs! The loss in funding for government services for just one uncounted person in Broward County was estimated at $1,300 by the 2000 Census Monitoring board. An undercounting of 1,000 residents means a loss in funding for Broward County of $1.3 million or more! By filling out the census form, you’re helping your country and your community!

And, from BCT, your travels to Miami just got easier. Broward County Transit (BCT) is now providing express bus service to downtown Miami along the new I-95 Express lanes Monday - Friday during early morning and afternoon peak hours. Service begins at the C.B. Smith Park at Pines Blvd. and Flamingo Road. The bus makes additional stops at University Drive, U.S 441 and the Hollywood Tri-Rail Station. The new environmental-friendly 60 foot buses then travel along I-95 to the Golden Glades Interchange where you can connect to Miami-Dade Transit (MDT). The bus then heads to downtown Miami where you can connect with the People Mover and other MDT transit service. The entire trip takes a little less than an hour. For more information please visit www.95express.com and click on “transit” or call 954-357-8400. Welcome aboard!

If you have any questions or issues that you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (954) 357-7006 or send me an e-mail at sgunzburger@broward.org