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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Recognizes Importance of Black History Month

Feb 1, 2018

Congresswoman Beatty Recognizes Importance of Black History Month

First conceived in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week,” February was formally recognized as Black History Month by former President Gerald Ford in 1976. Since that time, every year, our nation pauses to reflect and recognize the contributions of courageous African-American leaders, as well as raise awareness of the historical moments in our country’s ongoing fight for fairness, equality and civil rights. Encouraging all Americans to join the celebration, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“Black history is American history. That is why, as people everywhere pause to reflect upon the storied history of African-Americans during Black History Month, it is our shared obligation to ensure the hard-won progress made in the fight for equality and equal opportunity is not lost, but rather strengthened. In that spirit, I urge Central Ohioans and people across the nation to join the chorus of Americans recognizing the countless African-American men and women who make our Union more perfect for everyone.”

Coinciding with Black History Month, Congresswoman Beatty is the sponsor of three pieces of relevant legislation: (1) calling for the reissuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of the Buffalo Soldiers; (2) supporting the goals and ideals of Black History Month and honoring the outstanding contributions of African-American Medal of Honor recipients; and (3) expressing Congress’ recognition of the difficult challenges Black veterans face when returning home, their heroic military sacrifices, and their patriotism in fighting for equal rights and the dignity of all people.

Throughout February, Congresswoman Beatty will recognize Black History Month on social media, so please be sure to visit the Congresswoman’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to see, hear and learn the latest. Also, do not forget to join the conversation online by using #BlackHistoryMonth, #BHM and/or #BHM2018.