Hastings’ Statement on Black History Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recently, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:
“This month, our country celebrates the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Africans Americans. Black history is an inseparable part of American history, and Americans of color have impacted every aspect of our nation’s culture, from the arts and humanities to research, scientific exploration, and public service.
“Recently, we marked the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in our country. In the century and a half that followed, the journey of African Americans was marred by setbacks and injustices – many of which still exist today. From emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement, the journey of the Black community across America exemplifies perseverance and triumph.
“It is undeniable that disparities in employment, wealth, and education still exist among communities of color, and across the country, new laws have been enacted that restrict the ability of minorities to vote. These issues must be addressed by Congress.
“Together with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, I have worked to prioritize legislation to level the playing field and make it easier for all Americans to cast their ballots on Election Day. These issues affect all Americans, regardless of race, color, or creed. During Black History Month, and throughout the year, let us continue our efforts to ensure all Americans received equal treatment and opportunity.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.