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Black Mecca: 10 Amazing Facts About Atlanta

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Atlanta is home to the nation’s largest Black-owned insurance company, Atlanta Life, and the largest Black construction company in the United States, H.J. Russell Company with projects that include several downtown skyscrapers, additions to the Georgia World Congress Center, and Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport. The nation’s largest Black-owned auto dealerships can also be found in Atlanta, including Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, Malcolm Cunningham Ford, and Wade Ford.

  •  $6.6 billion – Receipts for Black-owned businesses in the Atlanta metropolitan area as of 2007, up 63.5 percent since 2002.   Of those receipts, $2.5 billion were generated by Black businesses without employees, such as sole proprietorships.
  •  127,214 – Number of Black-owned firms in the Atlanta metropolitan area as of 2007,  up 99 percent since 2002, according to the census bureau.

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Black Atlanta Education

The Black academic community in Atlanta is the largest of any U.S. city because of the presence of the Atlanta University Center, the largest contiguous consortium of historically Black colleges, consisting of  Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Interdenominational Theological Center. The first of these colleges was established shortly after the Civil War and they made Atlanta one of the historic centers for Black education. Many of the nation’s most successful African-Americans were educated in the AUC.

The U.S. Census 2009 American Community Survey reported that  256,948 of Atlanta’s Black residents, age 25 and over, have at least a bachelor’s degree. This represents 25 percent of all Black residents 25 years and older in the region, compared to 18 percent nationally.

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