African Day Census Kick off : Be an ambassador for your community

A coalition of African organizations has gathered in February 28, 2020 at Bronx Community College to spread the word about census 2020 as counting  U.S population is about to kick off in March 12, 2020.

“Please spread the word, your community must be counted,” Bukok Shonagh from Yankasa Association, said.

African community in New York must be counted. It is known that the African community is the fastest and most educated growing population in New York City. The issue is that “the number is lower than the one we have,” Ramatu Sy from USA – Mali charitable Association, said.

Every household will start receiving in March 12, 2020 a mail in mailbox from U.S census bureau  to give detail information to individual of  how to respond to the 2020 census online, by phone or by mail.

“People do not think they have  to be counted,” David Coulibaly from African Community Together, said. Yes, we have to. And why? Because “ census is about power and money,” Ali Kaaba from Muslim Community Network, said.

 Let’s put it  in an easiest way. Every single year the Federal government distributes billions of dollars to the 50 States. The money each State will get depends on the number of the population. That money is used for programs like public  education, health, and much more. If a State has few populations, it will get small money. In politics, districts lines are drawn by taking also  into account the number of the population. A small State will have for example few representatives in Congress.

Any single person in the U.S must be counted. Your immigration status does not matter. Legal or illegal, you have the right to be counted. The citizen question, which was about to be added on the census questions,  has been removed and no one should be worried about an immigration status.

“It is important to be an ambassador for your community,” the panelists said. Just spread the word.

Bazona Barnabe Bado


Overall Timeline

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:


  • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  
  • March 30 – April 1:The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
  • May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


  • March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Here are some of the efforts completed in 2019:

  • January – September:The Census Bureau opened more than 200 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
  • August – October: Census takers visited areas that have experienced a lot of change and growth to ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is up to date. This process is called address canvassing, and it helps to ensure that everyone receives an invitation to participate in the census


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