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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Celebrates Black History Month

Feb 26, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) issued the following statement today to honor Black History Month, celebrated each February:

“Each year, Black History Month affords all of us the opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions African Americans have made to all aspects of our nation’s history and identity. Civil rights pioneers like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, and Fannie Lou Hamer paved the way for leaders like Wisconsin’s own Vel Phillips, a civil and community rights pioneer who served as the first woman and African American Secretary of State and successfully fought to establish fair housing laws in Milwaukee. 

This year, I am especially proud to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law, shaped by both high-profile national leaders and everyday Americans, was monumental for its prohibition of discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in all spheres of public life.

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. Please join me in celebrating the incredible history and achievements of African Americans in the United States. As we look to the future, I pledge to do all I can to ensure liberty and justice are truly ‘for all’.”