WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month, which is celebrated during the month of February to recognize contributions that African Americans have made to American culture and society:
“Since its official designation in 1976, Black History Month has been reserved as a time to honor the momentous accomplishments, courageous strides, and lasting impacts that African Americans have had on America’s history.
“Throughout our nation’s history, African Americans like Frederick Douglass, Crispus Attucks, and The Tuskegee Airmen fought tirelessly to obtain and defend our freedom. These courageous heroes used their strength to push past any obstacle no matter how adverse.
“During a time when African Americans were not seen as equals, leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Height, and Asa Phillip Randolph worked tirelessly to promote racial tolerance, unity, and equality among all races, and even when their efforts were ignored and their names were defamed, they remained resilient and committed to the cause of equity and fairness.
“Harriet Tubman once said, ‘Remember, within you is the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.’ African Americans have played an integral part in shaping America and their sacrifices are imprinted throughout history. The African American community’s intrinsic strength, resilience, and resolute faith during hardship serves as motivation in a time when so many people all over the world are faced with similar trials and tribulations.”