Census Bureau holds special event

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An overwhelming percentage of black males who live in the city of Richmond don't take the census.

This weekend, the Census Bureau and Richmond leaders hope to change that with a special event.

"It's to educate African-American males in the city of Richmond, that to fill out this form is a benefit," said Richmond census manager George Jamerson. "I'm sure they're going to go through things like the fire stations that can be built, the schools that can be built, the libraries that can be built, hospitals that can be built... all based on census information."

Tomorrow morning, Richmond mayor Dwight Jones, the NAACP, and several other groups will host a public forum to promote participation in the 2010 census, especially among black males between 18 and 35, a historically hard-to-count population.

It's from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main library on East Franklin Street downtown.

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