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Record #: R2022-140   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 2/23/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 2/23/2022
Title: Celebration of Black History Month and 2022 theme of "Black Health and Wellness"
Sponsors: Lightfoot, Lori E. , Valencia, Anna M., Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Gardiner, James M. , Scott, Jr. Michael, Nugent, Samantha , Taylor, Jeanette B. , Villegas, Gilbert, Moore, David H., Ervin, Jason C., Tunney, Thomas, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Cappleman, James, Rodriguez, Michael D., Reboyras, Ariel, Harris, Michelle A., Sposato, Nicholas, Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Burnett, Jr., Walter, O'Shea, Matthew J., Hadden, Maria E. , Dowell, Pat, Mitts, Emma, Silverstein, Debra L., Hopkins, Brian , Burke, Edward M., Hairston, Leslie A., Martin, Matthew J.
Attachments: 1. R2022-140.pdf



OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
LORI E. LIGHTFOOT
MAYOR


February 23, 2022










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith, together with City Clerk Valencia and Aldermen Sigcho-Lopez, Gardiner, Scott, Nugent, Taylor, Villegas, Moore, Ervin, Tunney, Brookins, Cappleman, Rodriguez, Reboyras, Harris, Sposato, Vasquez, Burnett, O'Shea, Lladden, Dowell, Mitts, Silverstein, Hopkins, Burke, Hairston and Martin, a resolution celebrating Black History Month.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.


RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the many achievements by African Americans and their central role in the history of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who, with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, sponsored a national Negro History Week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; and

WHEREAS, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history"; and

WHEREAS, Black History Month also encompasses National Freedom Day, which is February 1 and celebrates the anniversary of the approval of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States in 1865; and

WHEREAS, As a result of slavery, segregation, systemic racism, and mass incarceration, the Black family has often been fractured, but not broken, as the love within communities has extended the familial bonds to support the family through oppression and other hard times; and

WHEREAS, We celebrate the countless Black Americans who have demonstrated profound moral courage and resilience to help shape our Nation for the better. Today, Black Americans lead industries and ...

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