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Rep. Meeks Statement Commemorating Black History Month

February 2, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Meeks Statement Commemorating Black History Month

Washington, D.C.—Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

“As America celebrates the legacy of African Americans this Black History Month, we will reflect on the struggles and perseverance of the past, the progress of today, and the work that lies ahead to deliver on the promise of our great nation for all Americans.  It is sadly true that the vestiges of slavery and de jure discrimination in America persist, but we have also seen advancements that our ancestors couldn’t have imagined.  The black middle-class has grown and the black poverty rate has dropped. More black students are graduating from college than ever before.  The life expectancy of African-Americans is at an all-time high. 

“This month, we pay tribute to all the brave men and women who struggled and survived so that we might thrive and live to continue the fight today.   This Black History month we look to the future with resolve, and determination to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders.” 

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