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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates Black History Month

Feb 1, 2020

Originally billed as “Negro History Week” in 1926, what we now know and celebrate as “Black History Month,” chronicles and reflects on contributions and the success of Black Americans, as well as the challenges that still face the Black community. To kickoff Black History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3) issued the following statement:

“Over the next 29 days, our country pauses to reflect and honor the contributions made by Black Americans and raise awareness of the historic moments in the ongoing struggles for fairness, equality, and civil rights. Black history is indeed American history, and it is important for all of us to ensure that the hard-won progress made in the fight for equal justice is not forgotten but instead celebrated and improved. In that spirit, I implore the people of Ohio’s Third Congressional District and all Americans to join me this month and all year long in celebrating the countless trailblazers past and present who made tremendous sacrifices in the name of equal rights and dignity for all people.”

In tandem with Black History Month, Beatty introduced the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Act, H.R. 5360, which would require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to collect data on race and wealth. In addition, Beatty also introduced three resolutions to honor Black veterans. These resolutions (1) called for the reissuance of commemorative postage stamps in honor of the Buffalo soldiers, H. Con. Res.12; (2) called for the support the goals and ideals of Black History Month and the honoring of the outstanding contributions of African-American Medal Honor recipients, H.Res.96; and (3) expressed Congress’ recognition of the difficult challenges Black veterans face when returning home, their heroic military sacrifices and their patriotism,  H.Con.Res.13.

Throughout February, Beatty will recognize Black History Month across all of her social media platforms. So, be sure to visit the Congresswoman’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and YouTube to see, hear, and learn the latest. Also, you too can join the conversation online by using #BlackHistoryMonth, #BHM, and #BHM2020