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Blacks urge more efforts to improve census count

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - The Commerce Department is being urged to improve the count of African-Americans in next year's census.

Civil rights groups have met with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to voice their concerns.

Roughly 3 million blacks were missed in 2000, while many whites were overcounted. The Rev. Al Sharpton says undercounts wind up costing minority communities goods and services. In addition to Sharpton, the National Urban League, the NAACP and Jesse Jackson met with Locke.

The groups called for the Census Bureau, an agency of the Commerce Department, to expand its paid advertising to urban and rural areas that have high percentages of hard-to-count blacks.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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