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Assemblymember Bradford Celebrates Black History Month By Honoring African American Role Models

Sacramento - In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D- Gardena), Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee and member of the Legislative Black Caucus, discusses the history of Black History Month. He encourages Californians to honor Black History Month by remembering the many African American role models in our country’s history since the United States first recognized February as Black History Month in 1976, including former US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, baseball player Jackie Robinson and President Barack Obama.

This weekly address is 1:39.
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Hello, this is Assemblymember Steve Bradford, Chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee and member of the Legislative Black Caucus.

This month the Assembly proudly joins California and the nation in celebrating Black History Month.

Black History Month has its roots in "Negro History Week," a week-long observation established in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American educator and historian. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two men who fought for freedom of American slaves.

In 1976, the event was expanded to a month-long observation that is celebrated all across America by various community organizations, churches and schools.

In the observance of Black History Month we pay tribute to the history of all African Americans and remind young Americans of the excellent role models that we can find among the many African Americans we honor this month, including:

The first African American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall; major league baseball player, Jackie Robinson; inventor, George Washington Carver; the first Dr. to perform open heart surgery, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams; and, of course, the 44th President of these United States, President Barack Obama.

Black History Month provides us an outstanding opportunity to focus our attention on the many contributions made to America by African Americans. It is a national celebration of achievement and pride.

Let’s remember Black History Month is American History.

This is Assemblyman Steve Bradford.

Thank you for listening.

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