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A smiling graduate in a blue cap and gown hugging her mother

According to data compiled by the National Center of Education Statistics from the US Census, for the first time in the history of the United States, black women have surpassed all other groups in terms of race and gender for the percentage of people who have enrolled in college.

The increase for black women represents a 31 percent rise from data reported in 2000. This means that African American women are now the most educated segment of the American population. These statistics also indicate that, despite the fact that African Americans face multi-layered social, economic, and educational disparities, there is a silver lining in the fact that so many African American women are succeeding.

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