Green Introduces New Original Black History Month Resolution of 2024

Green Introduces New Original Black History Month Resolution of 2024

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
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March 3, 2024

On February 29, Congressman Al Green introduced a new resolution commemorating and celebrating the importance of Black History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) endorsed the Original Black History Month Resolution of 2024, which seeks to recognize the many artistic achievements of Black Americans.

The resolution was based on the theme “African Americans and the Arts” and emphasized the many contributions from black artists through literature, songs and songwriting, film, music, painting, as well as several other performing arts.

“ASALH is celebrating the 98th year of Black History Month and it is a time for all Americans to acknowledge significant contributions that African Americans have made to this country. ASALH thanks Congressman Al Green for his Resolution that brings these contributions to the attention of all Americans,” stated Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

“Celebrating February as Black History Month, following in the footsteps of Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s establishment of Negro History Week, is paramount in elevating the history and culture of African Americans, including through the arts,” stated Rep. Green.

“We truly honor the breadth of Black excellence in artistry that portrays the Black experience as well as the invaluable contributions by African Americans to our nation and the world,” continued Green.

Texas has a lot of black history and politicians who have worked in state government. Last year, Texas lawmakers throughout the state released a statement regarding the news of former Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s passing at age 88.

The lawmakers highlighted how much of a trailblazer Johnson was in the statement.

“Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was one of the most influential members of the Texas delegation since she arrived in Congress in 1993. She made history and she delivered for our great state in ways that will be felt for generations to come – from her role on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to her leadership chairing the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology,” wrote the lawmakers in a statement.

The former representative was the first black woman from Dallas to be elected to public office. Moreover, she was the first woman to ever lead a major Texas House committee.

“Every one of us at some point sought her invaluable counsel, her perspective and her wisdom on legislation and matters shaping our state,” wrote the lawmakers. 

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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