Black History Month
County of Curry
WHEREAS, Black History Month is observed annually across the United States in February it serves as a celebration of African-American achievements as well as a time to recognize the crucial role they have played in
U.S. history and to pay tribute to the generations of black Americans who struggled through adversity to achieve full citizenship in our society; and
WHEREAS, in 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) sponsored a national Negro History Week, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; by the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, the weeklong celebration evolved into a monthlong one on many college campuses, and in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “African Americans and the Vote”. The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.
WHEREAS, we are immensely proud of the history and diversity as well as thankful for the countless contributions of African-Americans in Curry County and throughout this nation, this month, and throughout the year, we urge our residents to celebrate that heritage and continue to fight for equality and opportunity for all.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Ben L. McDaniel Chairman of the Board of Curry County Commission, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim February 2020 as “Black History Month” in Curry County.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Curry to be affixed this 6th day of February, 2020.Click here to view the signed proclamation.