Blacks Slightly Over-Represented Among U.S. Presidents

“Maybe Barack Obama isn’t the first Black President of the United States,” says baltimoreblackwoman, part of “a huge part of the Conversation on Race that we need to have” — Black History Feature of the Day: Did You Know That Dwight Eisenhower and Some Other Famous People Were Black?

In addition to the subject of her post, she lists “Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge” as being black “in our racially driven American society (the ‘one drop’ theory).”

Thus, seven of our forty-five presidents (let’s not count Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president twice), or 15.6%, have been black. Currently, 14% of the population identifies as black, according to African-American Population, a percentage, which has wavered between 19.3% and 9.7% over the years, averaging 12.5%.

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