Just two years ago, Governor Tim Walz proclaimed the month of February as “Black History Month” in Minnesota. This proclamation recognizes the history and contributions of African American people to America and its democracy. While we have made progress in recognizing our history, we still have critical work to do to achieve an equitable and just America we all deserve. In celebration of Black History Month, Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL- Minneapolis) and Senator Omar Fateh (DFL- Minneapolis) released the following statements:
“Black History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the enormous contributions of Black people throughout history who risked their lives for justice and paved the way for all Americans, especially Black Americans,” said Senator Bobby Joe Champion. “I am proud to be back in the Senate to continue advocating for legislation that addresses systemic issues prevalent in Minnesota. To honor the legacy and lifelong contributions of Black people, I will continue fighting for a just and equitable state that works better for all of us.”
“I ran for Minnesota Senate to bring a working-class message that unites all people,” said Senator Omar Fateh. “We hope we continue to see more Black members in the legislature because representation and lived experiences matter. Without Black voices at the Capitol, we cannot achieve the promise of social, economic, and climate justice for all Minnesotans.”
As appropriately spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “We are not makers of history, we are made by history.”
Black History Month is a federally recognized celebration that begins February 1st and concludes on March 1st.