DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today released the following statement commemorating February as Black History Month:
“As we begin our national celebration of Black History Month today, we honor the critical role that African Americans have played in making our country a more perfect union. We also recognize the vast accomplishments of African Americans throughout our nation’s history and celebrate the contributions and triumphant victories of leaders like Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Fannie Lou Hammer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks, who helped to lead the way in overcoming the stain of segregation and ensuring that all Americans have access to the ballot box.
In this critical moment, we cannot afford to turn back the clock—there is still much more work to do. We know that we must continue moving America forward on the path of progress, opportunity and fairness for all. That means standing up to attempts to suppress the right of all citizens to cast a ballot, ensuring that all Americans have access to quality affordable health care, and investing in education to guarantee that every single person in this country has a fair chance at living the American Dream.
“Throughout Black History Month, we reaffirm our commitment to a more perfect union as we honor and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our great nation—as we continue the critical work of striving for justice and equality for all.”