Pelosi Statement on Black History Month

Feb 1, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement on the celebration of Black History Month, which begins on February 1:

“February – selected because it is the birth month of both President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass – marks the celebration of Black History Month.  Across America, citizens pay tribute to the enduring contributions African Americans have made to our democracy.  African Americans’ beautiful legacy of courage, sacrifice and integrity in the face of injustice, hatred and violence continues to move our nation closer to fulfilling its promise.

“The Congress must continue to advance the causes of justice and freedom for future generations.  We must confront new attacks on voting rights by restoring and strengthening the Voting Rights Act.  Congress must strive to end systemic discrimination and institutional racism that limits opportunities in education, housing, and jobs in rural and urban communities alike, while also addressing mass incarceration and building bridges between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. Together, we can keep moving America forward. 

“We must recommit ourselves to the proposition that all are created equal, all deserve respect, and all should have access to good-paying jobs to build a better future for their families.  Republicans should come together with Democrats to ensure that citizens in every community have a chance to pursue their own happiness so we can build a stronger America for all.”

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