Richmond, VA —Today, DPVA Chair Susan Swecker released the following statement on the start of Black History Month:
“Today begins Black History Month, our celebration and acknowledgment of the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans. But as we reflect on all that the Black community has given to our nation, we must also be reminded of the painful history that Black Americans have endured. Now more than ever, we need to study, learn and accept our history. The purpose of history is to give context to the present, and when we bury the voices of the past we deny ourselves the opportunity to learn and to grow as a community. We must never forget that Black History is Virginia History; you can’t have one without the other."
"Today, we see far too many Republicans attempting to rewrite our history and forget the past. In order to move forward, we have to look to the past to guide our today and to create a better tomorrow. The stories of Black Americans began here in the Commonwealth, and we celebrate Black History today and every day.”