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Record #: R2016-139   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 2/10/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 2/10/2016
Title: Commemoration of Black History Month
Sponsors: Mitts, Emma, Austin, Carrie M., Dowell, Pat, Burns, William D., Hairston, Leslie A., Sawyer, Roderick T., Mitchell, Gregory I., Harris, Michelle A., Beale, Anthony, Burke, Edward M., Lopez, Raymond A., Foulkes, Toni, Moore, David H., Curtis, Derrick G., Willie B. Cochran, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Scott, Jr. Michael, Ervin, Jason C., Taliaferro, Chris, Waguespack, Scott, Sposato, Nicholas
Attachments: 1. R2016-139.pdf

WHEREAS, The theme of Black History Month for 2016 - "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories" - aims to recognize the legacy of African-American accomplishments embedded in historical sites across the United States, such as Chicago's Pullman District, which was recently designated as a National Monument; and
WHEREAS, The first Africans in the Americas were brought here involuntarily as early as the 17th century; and
WHEREAS, African-Americans suffered enslavement, and then faced lynch mobs, segregation, and the denial of their fundamental rights; and

WHEREAS, In the face of these cruel injustices, African-Americans have made countless invaluable contributions throughout the history of the United States, including, to name only a few examples:
The writings of Booker T. Washington, Phyllis Wheatley, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ama Bontemps, Lorraine Hansberry, and Ta-Nehisi Coates;
The music of Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Curtis Mayfield, Minnie Riperton, Frankie Knuckles, Kanye West, and Chance the Rapper;
The resolve of athletes such as Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Jack Johnson, Arthur Ashe, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ernie Banks, Gayle Sayers, Frank Thomas, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan;
The scientific advancements of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, George Washington Carver, Charles Drew, Benjamin Banneker, Percy Julian, and Mae Jemison; and
The vision of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Mary McLeod Bethune, Thurgood Marshall, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred Hampton, Jesse Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Harold Washington, and Barak Obama; and

WHEREAS, The birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass inspired the creation of Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month; and

WHEREAS, Negro History Week represented t...

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