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McCollum Statement Commemorating 2020 Black History Month

February 14, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today in honor of Black History Month:

“Every February we commemorate Black History Month to celebrate and lift up the contributions of Black leaders in American history. We celebrate cultural icons, honor those who fought and continue to fight for justice and equality, and remember those whose ancestors were subject to the cruel injustice of slavery.

“Here in the Fourth District, we pay tribute to the historic Rondo neighborhood – a thriving African American community destroyed for the construction of a highway – and recognize that healing is ongoing. We also remember heroes like Bill Wilson, St. Paul’s first black city council member and president, who passed away late last year. On a national level, we celebrate the amplification of previously untold history and stories on a larger platform through the New York Times’ 1619 Project, and we reflect and remember the many ways in which the late icon Rep. Elijah Cummings inspired us and worked diligently for justice.

“This month is an opportunity to reflect on these and other stories, and then recommit to the work ahead – continuing to fight for civil liberties, expanded voting rights, and an economy that works for all Americans. We must amplify the voices of those shut out by a system that was not created with them in mind, and look to the future with resolve, hope, and optimism for a better future for all.

“That future starts now, with each one of us. I encourage all Minnesotans and all Americans to take a moment and reflect upon the importance of Black History Month and the responsibility we all have to fight racism, injustice, and hatred in all its forms.”