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CBC Chairman Statement on Black History Month

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Washington, February 1, 2018 | comments

Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

“The political environment we’re in right now says that we as African Americans have nothing to lose and that this country was ‘great’ when we were fighting for full citizenship. But our history tells us that this could not be further from the truth. 

“African Americans do indeed have a lot to lose, 400 years of progress, in fact. And it was the wealth and labor provided by our bodies, the Civil Rights Movement we launched and led, and our contributions to the arts, sciences, and social sciences that truly helped make this country great. We saved and continue to save this country from itself. 

“African Americans are a powerful people. We are a proud people too and we should be. This is why members of the Congressional Black Caucus who both attended and didn’t attend the State of the Union wore Kente cloth on Tuesday. We recognize and respect the contributions that African Americans have made to this country, as well as those made by Africans and people of African descent around the world.

“This Black History Month, we as African Americans should continue to do what we always do: stand strong in who we are, celebrate those past and present on whose shoulders we stand, and fight injustice and inequality.”    

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