Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Black History Month:
"For 25 years, Black History Month has offered us the chance to celebrate our diversity; to honor the contributions of African Americans; and to extend the legacy of freedom and equality. Today, we continue that tradition -- not simply to hearken back to victories of the past, but to pledge a future of opportunity for our children and generations to come.
"As African Americans still face one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, we recognize the need to invest in a broadly-shared prosperity -- an economic recovery that truly leaves no one behind.
"We must ensure that jobs remain the measure of our progress and that the middle class has room for all Americans, regardless of their race or background. And we must transform our schools into centers of academic achievement and excellence -- led by the best teachers available, driven by a commitment to innovation and competitiveness, and dedicated to preparing our youth for success in the 21st century.
"America has long been a land of opportunity -- a promise kept by the generations of leaders willing to work and march and sacrifice to help us realize the dream of civil rights, liberty, and justice for all. During this Black History Month, Democrats and President Obama will keep working to live up to that example: to secure jobs for our workers; to strengthen African-American families; and to address the critical challenges facing our nation."