February 2, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 15 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
HONORING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 15
(Extensions of Remarks - February 02, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E123] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH ______ HON. JOHN B. LARSON of connecticut in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Madam Speaker, it is with great respect and admiration that I rise to honor African American History Month. African American History Month was created to celebrate and remember the great achievements, advancements, sacrifices and contributions that the African American community has done for the United States of America. This month has been, and continues to be, a beautiful and powerful reminder as to why the United States of America continues to be a beacon of freedom and success in the world. If you work hard, and stand true to what is right, to what you believe in, and heed the messages of our forefathers, you can overcome all obstacles in the face of hardship. To this, African American History Month is a testament. The message of this month should not be unappreciated and it should not be forgotten. This month remains relevant in today's changing political and social landscape. The fruit of the African American Civil Rights Movement can still be seen today. Just forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., African Americans are now forces to be reckoned with in almost every field, whether business or academia, politics or the non-profit community. Once considered an impossible dream, an African American is now our own Commander and Chief in the White House. It should be said, Madam Speaker, that learning about African American history is learning about the true history of America as a nation. As such, I would like to ask my distinguished colleagues to join me in honoring and celebrating African American History Month this year. ____________________