February is Black History Month

February 14, 2019

President Gerald Ford made it official in 1976, but its roots can be traced to 1926 when Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson declared the second week in February to recognize the contributions of African Americans. He chose that week because it covered the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. I hope you, your family and friends take time this month to recognize the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history.

On February 19th, the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus holds its annual forum. Open to the public, the forum is your chance to provide input on issues and concerns for the Black and Latino communities. The Forum is 4 to 8 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building.

I hope to see you at the forum or around the District.