Study: More African Americans Are Returning to the South

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After decades of moving north, thousands of blacks are returning to their Southern roots for economic and cultural reasons, according to a recent study.

“[The South] is home,” says Charles Steele, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta. “Even though it’s a dark side of your history, you can never forget about it. You always want to make it better.”

According to Census data, by 2010, about 57 percent of the nation’s African-Americans were living in the South – a higher percentage than at any time in 50 years. This significant shift is said to be one of the most notable migrations in the new century and comparable to The Great Migration.

The study also credits decisions to move to warmer weather, lower cost of living and historical curiosity.

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