Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns released the following statement today in commemoration of February as Black History Month:
"February is Black History Month and a time to honor the legacies of women and men of African descent who overcame tremendous adversities to improve the quality of life for people of color in the United States of America. This great nation owes a measure of gratitude for the sacrifices of such distinguished leaders as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and my personal mentor and dear friend, the Honorable Shirley Chisholm. These leaders courageously fought for justice often in the midst of uncertainty and hatred.
"Collectively, over the years African Americans have triumphed over adversity and achieved many great milestones. This past year was no different, as we celebrated the completion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This historic symbol displays our dedication to the advocacy of peace, justice, and respect for all mankind.
"We have made great strides that led to the election of our first African American President Barack Obama. Yet, there is still much work to be done. While we honor the memory of our past leaders, family members, and friends who paved the way to present successes, we all must do our part to secure greater opportunities for future generations. Let us not only celebrate legacies during Black History Month, but pledge to do our part to continue them."