McCollum Statement Commemorating 2018 Black History Month
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement commemorating Black History Month:
“Each February, our country recognizes the contributions and the accomplishments of African Americans. We remember dedicated activists who marched for justice, including Minnesota civil rights leaders Roy Wilkins, Matthew Little, and Nellie Stone Johnson. We celebrate cultural icons, like Minnesota’s own August Wilson and Prince. And we honor current leaders like Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III who made history this year as the first African American to be elected leader of Minnesota’s capital city, and the youngest mayor in decades.
“We mark Black History Month not just to remember the past, but to recommit ourselves to a better future. The African American experience in the United States has often been marked by a harsh legacy of injustice and a continued struggle for equality. This past year, we have seen President Donald Trump and his administration turn back the clock on so many national priorities — with disproportionate impacts on communities of color.
“All Americans must reject these attacks. We must defend civil and voting rights. We must work together for a more inclusive economy and expanded educational opportunities. And we must continue to heal our country’s divides. As Black History Month draws to a close, we honor the immense contributions of African Americans and we rededicate ourselves to fighting for equality and justice.”