Congressman Hastings celebrates Black History Month
Washington, D.C. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:
“Every February, we celebrate the proud history and valuable contributions made by Americans of African descent. From the scars of slavery to the triumph of emancipation, and from the injustice of segregation to the struggle for equal rights, the journey of the Black community is inseparably woven into the fabric of American history.
“Despite the persistent forces of prejudice and discrimination, Black Americans have done much to shape America into the nation it is today. The African American community has left its mark on every aspect of American culture, from the arts and humanities to research, scientific exploration, and public service.
“This year, we also mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As we celebrate this great victory of the Civil Rights era, we do so knowing that the fight for equality is not yet over. Disparities in employment, wealth, and education still persist among American communities of color, and across the country, new laws have been enacted that restrict the ability of minorities to vote.
“This year, let us mark Black History Month by rededicating ourselves to the fight for equality for all Americans.”
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.