Rep. Maloney Commemorates the End 2020’s Black History Month

Feb 28, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), released the following statement as Black History Month comes to an end.

“As 2020’s Black History Month comes to an end, I feel that it is incumbent on all of us to recognize that Black history is American history. Our nation’s strength, creativity, and innovation are driven by our diverse experiences and backgrounds and that is something to be celebrated.

“This month, in continuing my #InspiredByHer weekly social media series, I focused on Black women who have and are breaking glass ceilings and changing our national conversation; Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, activist Andrea Jenkins, and Mari Copeny, also known as Little Miss Flint. These four women only represent a mere fraction of the contributions that all Black Americans have made to our country.

“As we celebrate Black History Month, we are also charged to take a hard look at the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the work still to be done to make sure all Americans have equal rights. That is why this week, I convened a hearing in the Committee on Oversight and Reform to examine our nation's history of voter suppression and the continued obstacles that many minority communities continue to face in exercising their fundamental right to vote. It was Black Americans whose voices were stifled, blocked, and silenced for centuries and it is Black Americans who are still being disproportionately targeted in shameful efforts to prevent them from exercising their rights under the Constitution; including through obstacles to register to vote and purging their names from the voter rolls.

“It is in the name of those we celebrate throughout the month of the February every year that we must rededicate ourselves to the mission of leaders like former Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman John Lewis, and the members of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in ensuring a more perfect union for all Americans.

“We shouldn’t still be asking N.K. Jemison’s brilliantly posed question; ‘How Long ‘til Black Future Month?’”