Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II released a joint video today to celebrate February being Black History Month and look back on the contributions of Black Americans who have shaped history, they said in a press release. The governor also proclaimed February 2021 as Black History Month in Michigan.
“It is important that we take this time every year to celebrate and remember the contributions of Black Americans throughout history,” said Whitmer in the release. “Black Americans have been vital in contributing to the American economy, history, and culture. Throughout this month, I encourage each of us to take time to reflect on the systemic barriers Black Americans have faced and still face to this day. Each of us has a role to play to shape a brighter future, and I am committed to continuing to work towards a more equitable and representative Michigan.”
“Black History Month is a moment to recognize and celebrate the history-making feats of those who came before us, but it is also a reminder to keep an eye toward the future of progress,” added Gilchrist in the release. “No matter where you go, it is impossible to look around without seeing the contributions of Black Americans to our collective knowledge, consciousness, and culture. It is on each of us to activate the potential that exists in the next generation of young Black people by paving the way for them to continue this journey that we are all on together.”
Whitmer and Gilchrist have made the cause of amplifying Black voices and instilling real and lasting change their top priorities. Last year, Whitmer established the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, created the Black Leadership Advisory Council, declared racism as a public health crisis, and signed historic bipartisan legislation to reform Michigan’s criminal expungement laws.
Black History Month is necessary to ensure that Michiganders learn about, reflect on, and celebrate the resilience, strength, and successes of African Americans in their contributions to America as Americans continue to work together for justice and equity.
To view the proclamation, click the link below: