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Pelosi Statement on Black History Month

Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month:

“Each Black History Month, Americans celebrate our beautiful diversity and the outstanding contributions, achievements and strength of the African American community.  In February, we not only honor the powerful impact that they have had on our nation and our democracy, but we also recommit to the continued struggle to achieve equality, justice and opportunity for all.   

“This Black History Month comes as our nation also recognizes 150 years since the first African Americans were elected to Congress in the aftermath of the Civil War.  Today, a century and a half later, Congress and America are strengthened and enriched by the leadership of an historic number of African American Members of Congress, including the most African American committee chairs in our history.  

“Guided by the vision and voices of the Congressional Black Caucus, our House Majority is working tirelessly against the Administration’s shameful attacks on vulnerable Americans.  We are fighting for a fair and accurate Census that ensures every American, particularly communities of color and traditionally undercounted communities, are fully counted and represented.   Led by the Conscience of the Congress, our hero Congressman John Lewis, we passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to expand access to the ballot box and end Republicans’ shameful voter suppression campaign.  And we are fighting to advance an economy and a future that works For The People by passing legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower the cost of prescription drugs, raise wages by rebuilding America’s infrastructure and clean up corruption in Washington. 

“During Black History Month, we draw inspiration from the remarkable progress forged by generations of trailblazing African Americans, and we reaffirm our support for the countless young leaders, advocates and organizers who continue the fight to fulfill the promise of America.  Empowered by their energy and activism, House Democrats are focused on delivering results on issues that matter in people’s lives to ensure the American Dream remains within reach for every American.”

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