Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month.
"Throughout our Nation's history, leaders from the African-American community have worked tirelessly to take steps towards advancing equality, ending prejudice, and overcoming hate. This country is stronger because of the work of African-Americans nationwide, playing an enormous role in shaping the cultural and intellectual identity of our Nation.
"I have worked throughout my career in Congress to help promote the very same tenets of justice and equality, and I'm honored to serve as the lone member of this body to have voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964 and 1965. As we take time this month to reflect on the countless contributions made by African-Americans to our great Nation, we must also look to the future and all who will come after to continue to advance the goals of equality and fairness, regardless of the color of one's skin.
"On this, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks, I urge Southeast Michigan residents and all Americans to join me in recognizing the honor of her fight--and the fight of all who battle injustice--as we recognize and commemorate Black History Month."