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Pelosi Statement on Black History Month

February 1, 2019

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month:

“Each Black History Month, Americans celebrate the proud heritage and innumerable contributions that African Americans have made to our nation.   We honor the generations of African Americans who have enriched our society, pay tribute to the tireless activists who have fought to fulfill the promise of America, and recognize the new generation of leaders who have transformed the Congress and our country with their vision and values.

“Yet today, barriers to social and economic justice and access to equal opportunity continue to undermine the success and prosperity of communities of color.  In the face of these persistent obstacles, the new Democratic Majority is working to build a future of progress and possibility for all Americans.  We are acting to advance fair elections and combat the shameful, brazen efforts to erect barriers to the ballot box for communities of color.  We are standing up against the rhetoric of hate and violence that is inflicting pain, heartbreak and division in our communities, and insisting on the truth that Black Lives Matter.  And we are pushing forward a bold, ambitious agenda For The People to make good on the promise of the American Dream for everyone by lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs, raising wages by rebuilding America with green, modern infrastructure, and strengthening our democracy by ensuring that our government works for the public interest, not the special interests.

“This Black History Month, we recommit to opening up opportunity and advancing equality for all Americans.  To do so, we take strength and inspiration from the legacy of those who came before us and the courage of our heroes, like Congressman John Lewis, who reminds us that ‘there are still forces in America that want to divide us…But we’ve made too much progress to stop or to pull back.  We must go forward.’  Guided by countless leaders, advocates and patriotic Americans we will keep moving toward a future of progress and justice for all.”