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File #: 191712    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/11/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/3/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution designating the observation of Black History Month to be an official City event held annually.
Sponsors: ALD. COGGS, ALD. HAMILTON, ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. LEWIS, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. DODD
Indexes: CELEBRATIONS
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
3/13/20202 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
3/3/20202 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTEDPass14:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
2/20/20202 COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AMENDED

Minutes note: Ald. Stamper asked to be added as a co-sponsor. There were no objections. Miranda Bratts - community member Ald. Hamiton moved to add a "Whereas" clause relating to historic black colleges and universities
Pass4:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
2/20/20202 COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTIONPass4:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
2/11/20200 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available
Number
191712
Version
SUBSTITUTE 2
Reference
161528
Sponsor
ALD. COGGS, HAMILTON, JOHNSON, RAINEY, LEWIS, STAMPER, AND DODD
Title
Substitute resolution designating the observation of Black History Month to be an official City event held annually.
Analysis
This substitute resolution designates the observation of Black History month as an official City event held annually and authorizes acceptance and expenditure of contributions for all activities related to the event.
Body
Whereas, Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history; and

Whereas, Historically, Black History Month grew out of the 1925 Negro History Week originated by Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson’s Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which was first celebrated during a week in February, 1926, that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; and

Whereas, The success of Negro History Week led to several black history clubs, teachers demanding materials for instructing their students, and scholars stepping forward to endorse the event; and

Whereas, By the1950s, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations recognizing Negro History Week; and

Whereas, In 1976, the celebration was expanded to the full month of February, and President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”; and

Whereas, Black History Month has expanded beyond the United States and is now officially recognized in Canada and is unofficially observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; and

Whereas, Organizations that join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity and nevertheless made significant contributions to society include the Library of Congress, National Archives ...

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