Clyburn Statement On Black History Month

Feb 1, 2012 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:

“Each February, our nation pauses to commemorate Black History Month.  It’s a fitting observance to reflect on the selfless devotion of the many activists and pioneers whose leadership and sacrifices have spurred us toward a more perfect union.

“I often reflect upon the ‘uncommon courage’ of Harry and Eliza Briggs, Rev. J. A. Delaine, Levi Pearson, and the scores of other unsung heroes from Clarendon County, South Carolina, whose activism initiated Briggs v. Elliott, the first of the five lawsuits that were combined to form the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education.  That ruling provided the legal framework for dismantling unjust segregation policies across the country.

“As we honor the historic achievements of black Americans, we must work to address the remaining challenges of persistent poverty and the burgeoning wealth gap that are denying to many of our fellow citizens a fair shot at the American Dream. 

“Black History Month is an important time to remember the past, but it’s it is also an appropriate time to focus on creating a better future for people of all colors, backgrounds and experiences.”