Celebrating Black History Month
Today marks the start of Black History Month, a time to reflect on African Americans’ contributions to our country and ensure that the gains we’ve made in social and economic justice are not lost. This month, I am doubling down on my commitment to fight exclusion, inequality, and oppression where it still exists.
This month we are reminded of the important role that New York—and especially Rochester—have played in shaping our nation’s history. We can find examples of leadership, courage, and great determination right in our own backyard! Frederick Douglass, Beatrice Amaza Howard, and Dr. Freddie Thomas are three fine examples of the trailblazing leaders who called our community home. Mr. Douglass is a particular point of pride for Rochester.
That’s why I was so proud when Congress passed the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act, which established a commission to develop and carry out programs that honor his life’s work throughout 2018. Legislation like this is vitally important to protect the progress we’ve made and I was proud to play my part in ensuring its passage.
In his newspaper, The North Star, Mr. Douglass wrote that “Truth is of no Color…we are all Brethren.” With inspiration from these great leaders and others in mind, I will continue working hard to make this creed a reality.