Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month:
"This February, as we do every year, we celebrate American diversity with a particular focus on the contributions of the African-American community to our nation. We recommit to promoting the fundamental values of equality and fairness. And we strive to build a brighter future for all.
"Our celebration of Black History Month this year is made even more vibrant with the newly dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C. Now, Dr. King stands on an axis of leadership between Presidents Lincoln and Jefferson; this is as a testament to strength and determination, not only of an individual, but of an entire community. In 2012, we also celebrate the continuing progress being made in establishing the National Museum of African History and Culture. Recognizing the contributions of the African-American community makes America more American.
"The theme of this year's celebration "Black Women in American Culture and History' pays tribute to the critical role of African-American women in American life. We take particular pride in the African-American women who have served as Members of Congress, and in our First Lady Michelle Obama. All have worked to strengthen our nation.
"This Black History Month, there is still much work to be done. Democrats are committed to reigniting the American dream, working with President Obama to restore the values of fairness and opportunity to our nation."