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Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist Celebrate Black History Month


February 1, 2022  



Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist Celebrate Black History Month  


LANSING, Mich. - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist celebrated the beginning of Black History Month with a proclamation honoring the contributions of Black Americans to both Michigan and the United States.   


 "This Black History Month, we come together to recognize the immeasurable impact Black Americans have had on Michigan and the United States," said?Governor Whitmer. "Black history is a story of progress against insurmountable odds. Through seismic movements centered on values we all hold dear-justice, equality, dignity-Black Americans pulled our country forward. This month, and every month, we are reminded that we can bend the arc of history towards justice but only if we all step up. To do so requires all of us to show up and do our part to live our values, not just say them out loud. Together, we can build a more equitable and just Michigan."? 


"Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect and build upon the impact of Black Michiganders and Americans throughout history," said Lieutenant Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. "It is a time to learn about the struggles, sacrifices, and courageous actions of Black Michiganders on whose shoulders we stand: the abolitionists, activists, and everyday people who stood up, fought for what is right, and overcame the odds to make today possible. This Black History Month, I encourage each Michigander to take time to reflect on Black history and the ways it shapes the unfinished experiment of America."


During this month, Michiganders are encouraged to take time to recognize and celebrate Black Americans' contributions, sacrifices, and bravery on their journey to justice in our nation and work together to identify, develop, and implement solutions to further achieve equity in our state, as well as uplift our Black communities within the state of Michigan 


"Black history is a current event," said Donnell R. White, Senior Vice President and Regional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for Huntington Bank. "It is imperative that we pause to salute African-American trailblazers, and those that carry forth their rich legacy every day.  I applaud the Governor's efforts to acknowledge Michigan's African American history makers. 


"Black History Month is an opportunity to understand the historical legacy of so many Black Americans who have contributed to our lived experience, culture, and way of life," said Ken L. Harris, Ph.D.president and CEO of the National Business League. "I encourage every Michigander to take time this month - and throughout the year -- to think about Black history, the continued struggle for freedom, progress we have made, and the ideals we have yet to achieve. I am grateful Governor Whitmer is proclaiming February 2022 as Black History Month in Michigan. This is a moment to come together, remember our past, and look to our future. As we continue to fight hate with action, discrimination with justice and economic opportunity, let us draw on the renewed understanding that Black History Month is a founding part of American history, signifying a people without a knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without its roots." 


"Black History Month is American History. Unfortunately, it is a history that is too often overlooked, falsified and even maligned by those who wish to keep us unaware of both the pain and the glory of this unique nation," said Jametta Lilly, Chief Executive Officer of Detroit Parent Network. "For Michigan families and All of Our Children let us be committed to learning, sharing and looking back in order to move forward. Whether it's February or any other month, let us lift the multitude of stories and facts of the courageous experiences and prolific contributions of Black men, women and children in battling every sort of racism and forging freedom in the United States and the world. As Michiganders Celebrate Black History, we are also celebrating the capacity of this nation to become a true beacon of justice, peace and opportunity for all." 


"As we celebrate Black history let us remember that Black history is world history. A broad tapestry   of people make up the global experience," said Monique Marks CEO, Franklin Wright Settlements. "The contributions of African people throughout the world are tremendous. Here in this nation, African Americans and our historical contribution to the arts, sciences, labor, medicine and technology helped make the United States of America the great nation it is today. One of the most important contributions made by people of  African descent is that they implanted an incredible sense of resilience in those of us who make history today. I proudly stand upon the shoulders of the great African people  of history who contributed so greatly to society here in America and throughout the world. This month and each day I am excited to learn and teach others of the profound heritage of the descendants of Africa."


"I am obliged that Governor Whitmer is proclaiming February 2022 as Black History Month in Michigan!" said 

Dr. Jennifer Fuller, Fuller General Dentistry. "Black History Month is an important time to learn about the legacy of so many Black Americans who have contributed to our history, culture, and way of life.  As we continue to work to battle hate and injustice, and promote understanding, love and unity, I encourage every Michigander to reserve time this month - and throughout the year -- to learn about Black history, which is also a part of our American history.  As we pay homage to those notable, Black Historians who struggled and paved the way for us to be where we are today, we also celebrate their accomplishments and breakthroughs, as well as consider future endeavors in efforts to uphold their legacies."


"Black History Month is a time for the nation to reflect and uplift the history of people in this country who helped build what we see today," said Chiante' Lymon, Executive Director, Society for History and Racial Equity. "A history that is usually forgotten for the other eleven months of the year. Black History Month is an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement. Michiganders should take the time to reflect on local history and learn more about their own community history."   


View a copy of the proclamation here