Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Black History Month


2-2-2012

PROCLAMATION
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA


African-Americans have played a central role in our nation’s history, but for too long historians ignored or glossed over their contributions and the injustices they have suffered. The origins of Black History Month can be traced to the scholar Carter G. Woodson, who in 1926 conceived a yearly celebration to help rectify the omission of African-Americans from history books. Today, the observance of Black History Month throughout the United States stands as testament to the success of Woodson’s project and an example of how we can work together to make the teaching of history more honest.

The theme of Black History Month 2012 is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” Being members of two excluded groups, African-American women have faced overwhelming odds in making their names and stories known. In spite of all barriers, the deeds of numerous leaders from Harriet Tubman to Rosa Parks grace the pages of our history books. This month we remember those leaders, as well as the singers and poets and artists who left their mark on our culture, and the countless African-American women from all walks of life who helped make our country great.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim February 2012, as “Black History Month.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 1st day of February 2012.


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EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:


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DEBRA BOWEN
Secretary of State

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