Washington (DC) Continuing a tradition he started in the 110th Congress, Representative Al Green (TX-09) recently introduced Congressional Resolution (H. Res. 1046) with the goal of giving national recognition to Black History Month and he has already garnered the support of more than 50 co-sponsors.
“Black History Month gives people the opportunity to reflect on the story of African Americans in the United States and the contributions of this community to all aspects of American life. We must not forget the unsung accomplishments of the African American civil rights activists, artists, politicians, writers, and athletes that have made their mark on American history and culture. That is why this celebration is relevant and that is why I have introduced this resolution since 2007,” said Congressman Green.
Green added that Black History Month also allows the United States to reflect on how both racial and ethnic diversity have enriched our nation inasmuch as “we are a reference to the world because peoples of all origins and faiths co-exist in peace and are devoted to a common cause of democracy and freedom.”
The resolution highlights the contributions of nationally and internationally celebrated African Americans such as writer Alex Haley, musician Duke Ellington, athlete Jesse Owens and civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among many others.
Congressman Green also said Black History Month deserves to have a national recognition because it allows the study of the lives of individuals, “who made vital sacrifices and never gave up in their pursuit of the ideal of equality upon which our great nation was founded. And studying these life stories can truly be inspirational.”
Black History Month was originally established as Negro History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African-American author and scholar. In 1915 Dr. Woodson had founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, working tirelessly to highlight the contribution of African-Americans to our nation’s history. He chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
H. Res. 1046 has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.