Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) released the following statement in recognition of National Black History month:
"Every February, we recognize the great achievements and contributions African Americans have made to the greatness of our nation. Celebrating black history month is an opportunity to honor the integral part black history plays in the fabric of American history. I am honored to represent a district with a rich legacy of African American culture, arts, business and civic service. Great African American leaders from the state of California such as Augustus Freeman Hawkins, the first African American from California to serve in Congress, Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, the first African American woman to chair the House Administration Committee, Merv Dymally, the first African American lieutenant governor of California, Douglas Dollarhide, the first black mayor of Compton and Paul Williams, the first African American architect have left an enduring legacy of leadership, excellence and service to our great state and nation.
The theme for this year's National Black History Month is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: the Emancipation Proclamation & the March on Washington." Let us pay special tribute to the historical and cultural contributions made by African American leaders who paved the way for racial equality and justice for all Americans. Fifty years ago this year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and told us he had a dream. Dr. King's steadfast commitment to advancing the dignity and equality of all people is just as inspiring and relevant today as it was back then. His call to action remains. And so this month, let us not only look to the past, but celebrate the hope and future of the next generation of men and women who still dream of a better world."