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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Celebrates Black History Month

Feb 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today released a video message to celebrate Black History Month. In his address, the Congressman reflected on African American political and civil rights pioneers who fought for equality, and the great achievements from the African American community that have shaped our nation. Rep. McNerney also spoke about the need to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to ensure that all Americans are able to exercise their right to vote.

“Each year during the month of February, we reflect on the vital contributions that African Americans have made to this nation throughout our history and appreciate the collective strength diversity brings to our country,” said Rep. McNerney in the video message. “We celebrate trailblazers like Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mae Jemison, and the late Stockton councilman and civil rights activist Floyd Weaver from my congressional district, and many courageous men and women who fought for change and continue to work for equality to this day.” 

Link to Rep. McNerney’s Black History Month video message: https://bit.ly/1QcqyEO.  

Full text of Rep. McNerney’s video message as prepared:

Hello, I’m Congressman Jerry McNerney and I’m proud to celebrate Black History Month with you.

Each year during the month of February, we reflect on the vital contributions that African Americans have made to this nation throughout our history and appreciate the collective strength diversity brings to our country.

We celebrate the political and civil rights pioneers of the 1950’s and 1960’s and of today.

People like Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the late Stockton councilman and civil rights activist Floyd Weaver from my congressional district, and many courageous men and women who fought for change and continue to work for equality to this day. 

In addition, we celebrate the many African American trailblazers… women like Mae Jemison who was the first African American woman in space, and who is an inspiration to our children studying math, science, engineering, and technology.

African Americans have woven their legacy into the fabric of our nation through great accomplishments in literature, education, business, technology, the arts, sciences, sports and entertainment.

While persevering through adversity, African Americans continue to make progress against the odds of several social justice issues, such as voter suppression.

Sadly, Republicans refuse to fix the Supreme Court’s flawed decision that weakened a key section of the voting rights act of 1965.

Until Congress passes bipartisan legislation to fix this decision, the right to vote for all Americans is under attack. 

This black history month, let us work together to find real solutions to the problems that continue to plague our African American communities across the country so we may ensure a better, brighter and more equitable future for all Americans.

When thinking about African Americans’ dynamic history and the important role it plays in our relations today, I’m reminded of the Latin phrase, “e pluribus unum” or ‘out of many, one’.

Out of our many differences that make us unique, we are smarter, stronger, and more prosperous when we unite together.

Happy Black History Month!

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.