U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) released the following statement on Feb. 28, the penultimate day of Black History Month.
“As 2020’s Black History Month comes to an end, I feel that it is incumbent on all of us to recognize that Black history is American history. Our nation’s strength, creativity, and innovation are driven by our diverse experiences and backgrounds and that is something to be celebrated.
“It was Black Americans whose voices were stifled, blocked, and silenced for centuries and it is Black Americans who are still being disproportionately targeted in shameful efforts to prevent them from exercising their rights under the Constitution; including through obstacles to register to vote and purging their names from the voter rolls.
“It is in the name of those we celebrate throughout the month of the February every year that we must rededicate ourselves to the mission of leaders like former Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman John Lewis, and the members of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in ensuring a more perfect union for all Americans.”