ADOPTED - JANUARY 25, 2005
Agenda Item No. 23
Introduced by the County Services Committee of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING ABLACK HISTORY/CULTURAL
DIVERSITY MONTH@ IN INGHAM COUNTY
WHEREAS, each February ANational African American History Month@ also known as ABlack History Month@ is observed to celebrate and honor the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development; and
WHEREAS, in 1915, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and through that Association, he began pressing for the establishment of Negro History Week as a way to bring national attention to the accomplishments of African Americans; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Woodson's dream became a reality in 1926, he chose the second week of February for the observance because of its proximity to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two individuals whom Dr. Woodson felt had dramatically affected the lives of African Americans; and
WHEREAS, in the early 1970's the event was called Black History Week, and in 1976, the Association succeeded in expanding the observance, which then became Black History Month; and
WHEREAS, the United States is a diverse nation comprised of citizens from various ethnic groups and cultures; and
WHEREAS, it is important to promote a greater awareness of the history and culture of all ethnic groups across our country.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby recognizes the month of February, 2005 as ABlack History/Cultural Diversity Month@ in Ingham County.
COUNTY SERVICES: Yeas: Celentino, Copedge, De Leon, Schor, Severino, Vickers
Nays: None Absent: None Approved 1/18/05