National African American History Month

Hi, I’m Secretary of the Interior David
Bernhardt. This month, President Trump proclaimed February
as National African American History Month. It’s a time that reminds us of the sacrifices
and incredible contributions made to our nation by the African American people. Last year, I was honored to visit the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park with the King Family. Our future generations of Americans will continue
to be inspired as they walk through the Park, enter the facilities, and ponder all that
went into the inspiring story of Dr. King’s leadership and legacy. Through the National Park Service, the Department
also preserves sites that commemorate, honor and interpret the significant time period
between 1939 – 1968 as part of the African American Civil Rights Network, which was signed
into law by President Trump in January of 2018. The Department of the Interior administers
some of the most iconic and historically significant places that are central to the African American
experience. African Americans served as the conductors
on the Underground Railroad which saw thousands on their way to freedom from slavery. They were soldiers who fought to preserve
the Union during the Civil War. They served as the Buffalo Soldiers, fighting
on the frontier and patrolling Yellowstone and Yosemite Parks. They were the Tuskegee Airmen who fought tyranny
in the skies over Europe during the Second World War, only to return here and fight inequality. African Americans marched in Selma, Alabama
and sang out from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — calling on the conscience of
a country to live up to its creed that all men are created equal. So for the month of February we honor the
great contributions by African Americans to our Nation. And we renew our commitment to a more just
and perfect union. Thank you, and God bless America.

Comments 1

  • We are not African American….We are indigenous Americans….We have been robbed of our Indian nationality….Our land and have become prisoners of the Financial and "Justice" system. I thank you for this Slap in the face ,God Bless you all. #SIOUX #NATION 🏹

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