Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Statement on Black History Month
MIAMI – Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month:
“As we recognize and honor the accomplishments of the African-American community and celebrate its rich history during Black History Month, let us also reflect on the long road and hard fought battles to obtain racial equality.
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965, a pivotal and shining moment in the Civil Rights Movement, that led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act that same year. That 54-mile walk from Selma to the Alabama state capital, violent and bloody at times, showed the determination of African-Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
“As we celebrate Black History Month and the Selma to Montgomery marches, let us continue to work together to fight injustice and inequality everywhere and create economic opportunities for everyone.”
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a third-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school. Congresswoman Wilson also founded the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways.