FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2017
Senator Tom Begich Introduces Resolution Commemorating Black History Month
JUNEAU — Today, Senator Tom Begich (D-Anchorage) representing downtown, Fairview, Mountainview, and South Addition, introduced Senate Resolution 3 (SR3) to commemorate February, 2017, as Black History Month. The Resolution is co-sponsored by Senator David Wilson (R-Wasilla).
Black History Month has been observed annually since 1970, with this month chosen because it coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12, and Frederick Douglass on February 14. It acknowledges and celebrates the oftentimes marginalized or overlooked contributions of African-Americans to all facets of American life.
“As the Senator representing one of the most diverse state senate districts in the country, I am reminded every day of the strength that diversity brings to the state and the country,” said Sen. Begich. “This Black History Month resolution is designed to bring greater attention to the contributions African Americans have made to all aspects of life. From science to literature, from business to government, there is no dimension of our culture that African Americans have not made stronger.”
For more information, contact Alaska Senate Democratic Press Secretary Jeanne Devon at 907-465-5319.