In recognition of Black History Month, which begins today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“As we mark the celebration of Black History Month and honor the many contributions that African Americans have made to our country over the years, it is important to recognize how far we have come, while also taking stock of the work we must still do to ensure justice for all. 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and 50 years since so many courageous civil rights leaders organized the historic March on Washington, we have expanded access to the ballot box, secured quality, affordable health care for millions of Americans across the country; and championed equality at all levels. However, there are still many more steps we must take on the path toward progress.
“Throughout Black History Month, we must recommit ourselves to fighting partisan attacks to disenfranchise voters, striving to reduce income and health disparities that impact the African American community, continuing to invest in education, and building a 21st century economy so that everyone—regardless of race or class—has a genuine chance to achieve the American dream.”