Bonamici Pays Tribute to Black History Month
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici today released the following statement in celebration of Black History Month. February has been commemorated as Black History Month in America every year since 1976.
“President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, and a century later Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march on Washington. As demonstrated by these acts, and as recognized by President Obama in his second inaugural address, the rights expressed by our Declaration of Independence are self-evident, but ‘they have never been self-executing.’ The struggle for equality has been long and continuous, but tremendous progress has been made to the benefit of us all.
“Over the years black Americans have made immeasurable contributions to our government, our culture, and the innovations that have shaped the 21st century. We cannot separate black history from American history, but during the month of February we can pay tribute to that inextricable link and move forward understanding its importance. I hope that all Oregonians—and all Americans—take time to recognize Black History Month with their family, friends and coworkers.”