National Black History Month
WHEREAS, Black History Month is a national effort to accord official recognition to the heritage of African Americans and the many contributions made to the development of America and the American way of life; and
WHEREAS, in 1915 Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson along with four others founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History; and
WHEREAS, Woodson desired greater impact through the Association, which led him to start a National Negro Week in February 1926; and
WHEREAS, February 2024, marks the 48th anniversary of the observation in the United States of Black History Month. Every President, since Gerald Ford, has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month; and
WHEREAS, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history"; and
WHEREAS, Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history; and
WHEREAS, other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black History; and
WHEREAS, the theme of Black History Month 2024 is "African Americans in the Arts" from the visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, music and films; and
WHEREAS, Black Lives Matter began in 2013 with the goal of rallying around important issues in the African American community and seeks to promote justice and freedom for all.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, NICOLE BROWN, MAYOR, of the City of Ypsilanti on behalf of City Council do hereby proclaim the month of February 2024 as
"National Black History Month"
in the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and I urge all citizens to join me in extending recognition and honor during this month and throughout the year to African Americans for outstanding achievements and contributions to our nation.
Given under my hand and seal of the
City of Ypsilanti, February 6, 2024.