Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement Celebrating Black History Month

February 16, 2017
Press Release

White Plains, NY  – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement celebrating Black History Month:

“Each February, our nation honors the history and vibrance of the black community during Black History Month.

“Black history is American history. For hundreds of years, Black Americans have bravely served in our Armed forces, shifted the American cultural landscape through generation-defining art, music, and literature, and created thousands of jobs through black owned businesses and entrepreneurship. Black Americans have shifted our nation’s political and social equilibrium, compelling the United States to live up to its most basic values by confronting our nation’s darkest demons.

“We have come a long way toward racial equality in America, but we have more work to do. We must recommit ourselves to erasing the systemic discrimination and disparities Black Americans still face in health, housing, and employment. We must expand voting rights and reform our criminal justice system so no one in America is denied basic opportunities based on the color of their skin, or for any other reason. And we must continue working together to achieve a more perfect union, with liberty, justice, and freedom for all.”