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Rep. Yvette D. Clarke’s Statement on Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement to commemorate the observance of Black History Month in February:

“During Black History Month, we take the time to celebrate the many contributions, accomplishments, and undeniable influence that African Americans have had in the advancement and rich diversity of this nation.  This month we acknowledge that Black history is America’s history. 

“We recognize and appreciate great pioneers like the honorable Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lena Horne, Benjamin Banneker, and Sojourner Truth, to modern day marvels like the first black mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, or our very own President Barack Obama.  

“I encourage all Americans to take time, not only during this month dedicated to honoring Black history, but also throughout the year, to reflect upon the many contributions Black Americans have made to our nation.  Whether it is honoring those who have made an impact on a national level or a local level, they all have left their mark on history and deserve to be recognized.”