Celebrating Black History Monthby Representative Charles B. Rangel
Posted on 2013-02-15
of new york
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 15, 2013
Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to join millions of people across
the nation to celebrate Black History Month. This year's theme, ``At
the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation
and the March on Washington,'' acknowledges two pivotal impacts on
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation to end slavery in the South and to preserve a republic for all people. A century later, hundreds of thousands of people of all backgrounds marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., seeking equality for everyone in America.
It was also where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous ``I Have A Dream'' speech which echoes through the nation even until this day. Both events marked the beginning of endless opportunities for minorities serving as foundations for the structure of public organizations of the 21st century.
Fighting for equality is a constant struggle that requires the efforts of all of us in our time. As we celebrate the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington, we must keep working towards progress by reducing poverty and encouraging higher education in our communities.
I have dedicated my life to promoting equality for all as I continue to remember the racial and social injustices that took place many years ago. I will remain persistent in advocating for progress alongside my fellow Colleagues in Congress.