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Congressional Black Caucus Statement on Black History Month

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Washington, February 1, 2024 | comments

Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford (NV-04) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement honoring Black History Month: 

“As we kick off Black History Month, the Congressional Black Caucus reflects on the achievements and innumerable contributions to our country that Black Americans have made throughout our nation's history. During Black History Month, we celebrate generations of Black Americans whose courage, advocacy, sacrifice, and patriotism have moved our country and the world forward. We use this time to honor those who came before us, and to recommit ourselves to creating a future worthy of their struggle. 

“Honoring Black history is also about speaking truth to power. This month, and every month, we remain mindful that we must directly address the challenges that persist for Black Americans in this political climate. Access to the ballot box, fair representation, DEI initiatives, and the right for Black women to make their own reproductive healthcare choices are under threat. We must all recognize and push back against efforts to impede progress, erase our history, and cut off access to capital and better opportunities. 

“At its largest membership in our nation’s history, the CBC has grown to a historic 60 members representing more than a third of the U.S. population, including more than 20 million Black Americans. We will continue every day to fight to dismantle barriers, create opportunities, and protect the rights of Black Americans because we believe in a future where everyone can thrive and achieve their full potential.”

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