Montana still struggles to bridge the gap between its white majority and American Indian communities. But today honors King, and 40 years after his death blacks remain rare here.
Montana is not the most white state. It is the least black. According to the latest U.S. Census population estimates, 0.43 percent of Montana's 944,632 residents are black. There are only 4,094 black people here, which is also numerically the smallest black community of any state in the nation.
By contrast, Montana's American Indian population is the fifth-largest by percentage. The census counted 60,725 American Indians, or 6.43 percent of the population. Just more than 90 percent of the rest of the state falls into the category "white alone."