Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
February 2, 2009
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today to commemorate Black History Month, which is observed during February:
“Throughout the month of February, Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month.  In this historic year, as we swore-in President Barack Obama to serve as our nation’s 44th President, we all have reason to be proud of the rich diversity of our nation.
“African-American history is filled with remarkable individuals who have left an unforgettable mark on our nation. This month, and throughout the entire year, it is important to take notice of the cultural, political, social and scientific contributions made by African-Americans that have enriched our nation.
“Every day, we experience the lasting legacy of the civil rights movement and the impact of its leaders on our lives. The accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and countless others who worked beside him have forever changed this nation’s history for the better. As Americans, diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and we must recommit ourselves all year long to ensuring that equality is a reality for all of our citizens.”