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Congressman Pocan Honors Black History Month

Feb 28, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan today issued the following statement to honor Black History Month, which is celebrated in February each year:

“For the past 87 years, Americans of all races and backgrounds have come together in February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our history and framework. We of course celebrate the historic trailblazers such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman and Sidney Poitier, but we also take the time to recognize leaders such as Wisconsin’s own Lloyd Barbee, a key civil rights activist who served as president of the Madison NAACP and successfully fought to integrate the school system in Milwaukee. From politics to the arts, and from business to the sciences, African Americans continue to shape the course of our nation’s identity and future.

“Yesterday marked another significant milestone in our country’s history with the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol building, the first full-length statue in the Capitol of an African American woman. Rosa Parks embodied the grace, courage and determination of her generation of leaders who changed the course of our nation by demanding we adhere to its founding principles. We honor Rosa Parks and all of our African American heroes, both past and present, by continuing the quest for justice and equality for all who call America home.”