Every February, Americans celebrate
Black History Month and the extraordinary contributions of
African-Americans to our nation.
This year�s theme � �At the
Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the
March on Washington� � honors two vital anniversaries: the 150th
anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the
March on Washington.
On January 1, 1863, the
Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path to end
slavery. A century later, on August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of
Americans of every color and creed marched to the Lincoln Memorial to
redeem the Proclamation�s pledge of freedom and the Declaration of
Independence�s promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for
These great milestones in our country�s
history are an inspiration to us all and a challenge to keep marching
forward until every American has equal rights and opportunities �
including the right to vote without intimidation or obstruction, the right
to equal justice under the law, and full and equal access to health
care, education, and employment.
During Black History Month
and beyond, I hope you will join me in honoring the memories of the
countless African-Americans who have shaped our nation�s past, present,
and future. Their accomplishments are an integral part of
American history and should be celebrated and shared � not just this month,
but every day of the year.
To read more about this
February�s events and African American history, visit the special Library
of Congress web page at
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