ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 1, 2016) — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Monday proclaimed February to be Black History Month in the State of Minnesota.
While African-American history should be studied throughout the year, Black History Month provides a special opportunity to focus on the unique experiences and contributions of African Americans. Throughout the month, Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith encourage Minnesotans to reflect on our state’s past, celebrate the contributions of African Americans in our communities, and work together to make our state a place of opportunity for all Minnesotans.
“Black History Month is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the rich history and achievements of African Americans in Minnesota, and across our country,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “This month, I call on all of us to recommit ourselves and our state to improving economic and educational opportunities for Minnesotans of color.”
“Black History Month was created to raise recognition and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our beloved community,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “As we consider these accomplishments, we also must reflect on the deep injustices that still plague our communities, including wide differences between blacks and whites around economic opportunity, employment, education, and incarceration rates. We have made progress, but not enough. This month, let us all keep in mind that we should be impatient for progress.”
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” first established this annual recognition in 1926 to honor the achievements and involvement of African American people in the development of American Democracy. Fifty years later, the observance was later expanded and named Black History Month. You can learn more here.