Profile America — Saturday, February 1st. February is Black History Month, a time to honor the many contributions to our nation's history made by people of African descent. Started as a special week in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, the observance is now a full month of activities across the country. African-Americans, in counting single race or in combination with others, number over 44 million in the U.S. By 2060, this figure is projected to reach over 77 million; about 18.4 percent of the country's entire population. Although New York has the largest number of blacks of any state at over 3.5 million, Washington, D.C. has the highest percentage at over 52 percent. The next highest percentage at the state level is Mississippi at 38 percent. Throughout the entire South, African-Americans comprise 20 percent of the population. Profile America is in its17th year as a Public Service of the U.S. Census Bureau.