Celebrating Black History Month

February 8, 2019

This month we celebrate Black History month and I take pride in our rich and powerful history celebrating the many heroes, advocates, and individuals who paved the way so that people of color like me could have an equal place in society and in history. I also cherish and value the significant progress that was achieved by others who faced adversity, threats and even death through their endless fight for equality, but I recognize that today, more than ever, we must not give up on our call for justice and equal rights. Let’s take time to educate and celebrate our history - not only during February's Black History Month - but all year round with others who may still not understand the depth of our culture!

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.