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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Black History Month Resolutions

Feb 28, 2017

Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Black History Month Resolutions

Measures expand on goals and ideals of Black History Month

During Black History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) introduced three-related pieces of legislation: (1) H.Con.Res. 16; (2) H.Con.Res. 22; and (3) H.Res. 134. Collectively, the resolutions formally recognize the important contributions, struggles and sacrifices of Black veterans and servicemembers throughout American history.

H.Con.Res. 16 calls for the reissuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of the first all African-American regiment in the U.S. Army, the Buffalo Soldiers. H.Con.Res. 22 recognizes the heroic military sacrifices and patriotism of Black veterans, as well as the difficult challenges they face when returning from service. Finally, H.Res. 134 expresses support of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the goals and ideals of Black History Month and our nation’s 88 African-American Medal of Honor recipients.   

“We owe African-Americans veterans and soldiers, past and present, a huge debt of gratitude,” Beatty said. “All of us recognize that there are countless African-American heroes and sheroes who sacrificed everything to make our Union more perfect for everyone.” Beatty continued, “In that spirit, I call on my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans alike, to come together and lead by example.” Beatty continued, “There is no doubt that Black history is American history.”