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Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Black History Month

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Washington, February 16, 2018 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) released the following video statement in honor of Black History Month:

Below is a copy of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s statement.

"Hello, I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, representing California’s 40th Congressional District.

"America was founded on the self-evident truth that all men and women are created equal.  Throughout our history, America has aspired to live up to that truth and to be a beacon of liberty around the world.  To be a place where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead.

"We are incredibly blessed to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us in the fight for justice.  During this Black History Month, we honor and give thanks to Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Congressman John Lewis, and the countless other brave African American men and women who have been among the foot soldiers who saw wrongs and fought to right them.

"We are the beneficiaries of that proud legacy.  From academia to the arts, from the boardroom to the playing field, from the civil rights movement to the Oval Office, America has been made stronger and greater by the countless contributions of African Americans.

"Sadly, their gains are under attack, and the ideals upon which our great nation was founded continue to be denied for far too many of our fellow Americans.

"While we celebrate the African American community, and the positive influence it has had on America’s success and our rich and diverse culture, recent events remind us that these gains are fragile.

"In our country today, the echoes of a dark past grow louder, with some in power who are trying to sow anger and fear to divide us.

"Now more than ever, it is incumbent upon all of us to defend against such divisiveness.  Let us fight to ensure equality and justice for every American.  Let us work to build ladders of opportunity for all, rather than building walls that split us apart.

"Let us protect our American values and prove once more that love, respect, and understanding will always trump hate.

"Thank you."

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