Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) released the following statement on the importance of Black History Month:
In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson began honoring the achievements of African Americans to bring public awareness to the great history of this resilient community. While the history of African Americans included the story of slavery, denied rights, bigotry, and racism, it is a history for which the most prosperous chapters are yet to be written.
During this Black History Month, we recall the many contributions that African Americans have made to the United States and the world. From educators and business innovators to civil rights leaders and international leaders, the history of New Jersey and our nation are inextricably linked to the rich heritage of African Americans. We are a better and stronger people culturally, socially, and economically because of their story.
I hope that all Americans will join with me this Black History Month to both honor and learn more about the achievements of African Americans in our country and to reflect on our society's continued journey toward equality and justice for all.