CONGRESSWOMAN CLARKE ISSUES STATEMENT CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 3, 2022
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement celebrating Black History Month.
“I rise on this day – the first day of Black History Month – unfortunately during a moment of unprecedented assault on truth by those desperate to rewrite America’s history in this troubling time of banned books and council curriculums. It is with great urgency that I stand before you to celebrate the profound history of our nation that far too many far right zealots are fighting to conceal,” said Congresswoman Clarke. “This is a special month defined in equal parts triumphant tragedy, and centered in pride and appreciation, because our African American forebears rose above oppression, and helped create the greatest nation the modern world has ever seen. Make no mistake, only the ashamed and the afraid hide from history. Black Americans never have and never will, for ours is a story of victory over adversity, determination in the face of uncertainty and the courage of our convictions. Our story is America’s story. So let us never forget, let us never concede, let us never be silenced. When we say that Black history is American history.”