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Legislation #: 080212 Introduction Date: 2/28/2008
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 2/28/2008
Title: Declaring February 2008 as Black History Month.

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2/25/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/28/2008 Adopted

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Declaring February 2008 as Black History Month.


WHEREAS, the month of February is designated Black History Month throughout the United States of America, and serves as a time to honor the history, lives, and contributions of African-Americans, and to raise awareness and knowledge of the significance of the American experience; and


WHEREAS, this year, the theme of Black History Month is, Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism, Dr. Carter G. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History and is recognized for his beliefs and philosophy about the historical contributions and roles of African-Americans. Dr. Woodson felt that history was more than a collection of factual accounts of a nation and its people; and


WHEREAS, in his poem Let America Be America Again, Langston Hughes wrote


O, let America be America Again

the land that never has been yet

And yet must bethe land where every man is free.

The land thats minethe poor mans, Indians, NegrosME

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain

Must bring back our mighty dream again.


WHEREAS, the dream that is America, the dream of equality and fairness and freedom for all, the rights to expression and voting and privacy, and all the protections of the Constitution must remain in the forefront of a never-ending pursuit of justice for all. Race and ethnicity must be respected and appreciated, and the history of the people of this nation must be studied and learned in order to be fully understood and appreciated. The struggle for racial equality has brought some progress, but not without the cost of many lives. We honor those who died in the struggle and salute those who continue to seek a better world; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council do hereby declare February 2008 as Black History Month; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to City of Kansas City, Missouri Black History Program Committee with the Mayor and Council encouraging all citizens to honor the history of black people in America.