Proportion of Black and African Americans at NC State University

Davion Washington

This data visualization is inspired by “Proportion of Freemen and Slaves among American Negroes”, first exhibited in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle (World Fair) in Paris, France by W. E. B. Du Bois and his team of researchers at what was then Atlanta University. The area graphs exhibited show the proportion of African Americans in juxtaposition to their non-African American counterparts over a period of time in four distinct areas; the proportion at North Carolina State University, the proportion within the City of Raleigh, the proportion throughout all of the University of North Carolina System institutions, and the overall proportion of the state of North Carolina. Du Bois sought to emphasize the plight and struggle of African Americans before the “thinking world” and this visualization seeks to do the same in highlighting the vast differences in these demographic proportions.


Data used to create this visualization include North Carolina State University demographic archive data, IPEDS data, and decennial census data from the United States Census Bureau.