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February 1, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement commemorating Black History Month:

“This month, we reflect on the African American experience throughout our country’s existence, and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Black leaders in American history. We must remember the harsh injustices and the fraught struggle for equality that Black Americans have faced and continue to face in our country, and keep up the fight for equality and justice for all.

“We celebrate and honor the dedicated activists who marched for justice and put their lives on the line for the recognition of civil rights, cultural icons who have enriched the fabric of what it means to be an American, and current leaders who continue to bend the moral arc of the universe as we seek to create a more perfect union.

“This Black History Month, we remember the past and recommit to a better future. This means keeping up the fight against ongoing attacks on voting rights, which disproportionately affect communities of color; it means implementing policies that address structural racism in order to make the American Dream more accessible for everyone; and it means continuing to speak up and speak out against injustices inflicted by this president and the hate he often encourages.

“We can and will heal our country’s divides -- and we can only do so when we remember and learn from the past and ensure it informs our future.”

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