In a press release from his office, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said the annual designation of February as Black History Month has been a U.S. tradition for 40 years. Wicker also said, every President since 1976 has issued a proclamation naming the month a special time for honoring the countless contributions that African Americans have made to our nation since its founding.
In a statement, Senator Wicker said, in the U.S. Senate, he is a co-sponsor of a resolution introduced by Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) celebrating Black History Month.
"The bipartisan resolution reiterates the importance of this month as an opportunity to reflect on the complex history of the United States, while remaining hopeful and confident about the path ahead," Wicker went on to say. "Notable Mississippians, such as Blanche Bruce, Holt Collier, Medgar Evers, B.B. King, Walter Payton, Hiram Revels, and Aaron Shirley, are among the pioneers, leaders, and luminaries named in the resolution. We continue to learn from their example, especially their perseverance against discrimination and the difference they made in our state and nation."
"One way to honor the contributions of our African American leaders is through the preservation of important landmarks and historic markers," added Wicker. "In particular, I am hopeful that the Medgar Wiley and Myrlie Evers House in Jackson will be recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service announced earlier this month that the home is under official review. Sen. Cochran and I introduced legislation last year authorizing the agency to study the national significance of the Evers home. Such a designation would help ensure that future generations have the opportunity to realize the magnitude of Evers’s legacy as a champion for freedom and equality."
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