Hoyer Statement on Black History Month

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today to commemorate Black History Month:

“Each February, America observes Black History Month to honor the legacy of the generations of African-Americans who made indelible contributions to every sphere of our national life, from culture and business to politics and science. Our nation was founded on an ideal of equality, an ideal that has the power to bind us together as Americans, no matter our race or walk of life. But for centuries, America was also marked by a failure to live up to that founding promise; as a result, African-Americans were marginalized from our national life and largely excluded from the retelling of our history. We mark Black History Month as an effort to tell an American story that is more truthful—one that recognizes the more than 400 years of African-Americans whose lives helped to make our country what it is today.

“I hope that all Americans will take time this month to learn more about our nation’s diverse history and its ongoing work to live up to its promise of equality and opportunity for all. That commitment to opportunity is also at the root of Democrats’ Make It In America agenda, an effort to create well-paying, middle-class jobs, so that more families have a chance to make it in our country. While this is a month to recommit ourselves to the work of fostering opportunity across America, that work must continue year-round.”

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