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Hare Celebrates Black History Month in 17th District

Location: Rock Island, IL

Hare Celebrates Black History Month in 17th District

During his weeklong trip through the 17th Congressional District, Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) visited an afterschool program at the Rock Island Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center to talk about the importance of Black History Month.

"African-Americans have made an invaluable contribution to our community, state, and nation," Hare said. "During Black History Month, it is important for all Americans to celebrate our country's greatest asset—its diversity."

Hare said the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center was a fitting place to pay tribute to the rich history of African-Americans. "Dr. King was committed to spreading equality and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of skin color," Hare said. "We must build on his legacy not only in February, but every month of the year."

Hare praised the King Center's afterschool program for giving kids a safe place to learn and grow each day. "Dr. King called education ‘the road to equality and citizenship,'" Hare said. "The King Center is helping ensure that our next generation will give voice to the ongoing struggle for justice."

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