Menendez Celebrates Start Of Black History Month

Menendez Celebrates Start Of Black History Month

Senator honors contributions of African Americans since before the founding of our nation

Washington - With Black History Month beginning today, US Senator Menendez released the following statement in celebration:

"We celebrate this Black History Month not only because our nation is led today by an inspiring African American, but because African Americans have helped to strengthen the fabric of our nation since before it was even founded. We are a stronger nation socially, economically and culturally because of the contributions of African Americans. From scientists to business visionaries, civil rights leaders to world leaders -- we honor the men and women who have not only made ours a more advanced and prosperous world but also a freer and more tolerant world. There are many reasons to celebrate and be thankful for this rich history."

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the month of February. During this month, the social, economic, artistic and cultural contributions of this community are honored. This celebration originated in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson designated the second week of February to celebrate the birth of two Americans with great influence in the history of African Americans: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

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