Congresswoman Johnson Statement Commemorating Black History Month
Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today released the following statement on the commencement of Black History Month:
“From slavery to suffrage, from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights movement, the struggle for progress has marked the story of African Americans in this nation. Over the course of this month, Americans from every state will acknowledge the important contributions African Americans have made to our country.
“Black History Month rightfully dedicates time to reflect on and celebrate our achievements throughout history. The true meaning of this month of recognition is not simply a look back at struggles overcome, but the progress to be achieved. Today, still, many of the systemic obstacles that weighed the black community down 50 years ago continue to hinder our ability to succeed: growing income inequality and shrinking access to health care, education gaps and voter access discrepancies. Each of these can be overcome, but it will take the collective and united effort of Americans of every race and religion, from every corner of our country to usher in a society that lives up to its founding ideals of equal liberty and equal justice for all.
“As we mark Black History Month, let us devote ourselves once more to advancing the legacy of the African American leaders of our past by pursuing the causes for which they fought. Let us use this month to combat discrimination and racism and to continue the long struggle of perfecting our union.”
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