Black History Month an Opportunity to Pay Tribute to African American Heroes


Posted on 12 February 2011

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By Assemblymember Steven Bradford

SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic Weekly Address, Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, notes the Assembly is proudly joining in celebrating Black History Month this February.  Bradford also discusses the opening of a California Museum exhibit honoring California’s Freedom Riders, relating his own experience re-enacting the 1964 Freedom Ride. Bradford adds that the history of the United States is rich with inspirational stories of great African American men and women “whose actions, words, and achievements have worked to change things for the better.”

Click onto the following link for the English language MP3 file. The running time is 1:53.
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/Newsline/Audio/20110211RadioAddressEnglishBlackHistoryBradford.mp3

Click onto the following link for the Spanish language MP3 file. The running time is 2:41.
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/Newsline/Audio/20110211RadioAddressSpanishBlackHistoryAssemblyDemocrats.MP3

Website of Assemblymember Steven Bradford: www.asm.ca.gov/bradford

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee and member of the Legislative Black Caucus.

This month the Assembly proudly joins California and the nation in celebrating Black History Month.

Black History Month has its roots in "Negro History Week," a week-long observation established in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American educator and historian.

In 1976, the event was expanded to a month-long observance that is celebrated all across America by various community organizations, churches and schools.

Recently, I joined Speaker John A. Pérez and many other legislators for the Black Caucus’s grand opening of the California Museum exhibit entitled “Get On Board: Stories of the LA to Houston Freedom Riders”.

And this has significance in my life because in 1989 I was able to reenact the 1964 Freedom Ride with former Councilman Martin Ludlow as we took a group of young students from L.A. all across the south…from Philadelphia, Mississippi to Selma, Alabama, Montgomery, Atlanta, Georgia…culminating in Washington DC.

In the observance of  Black History Month we pay tribute to the history of all African Americans and remind young Americans of the excellent role models they can find among the many African Americans we honor this month, including:

The first African American big leaguer, Jackie Robinson; Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall; inventor, George Washington Carver; the first Dr. to perform open heart surgery, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams; and, of course, our 44th President, President Barack Obama.

I'm proud that the history of the United States is rich with inspirational stories of great African American men and women, whose actions, words, and achievements have worked to change things for the better, heal wounds and contribute to the success and prosperity of our state and nation.

Let’s remember Black History is American History.

This is Assemblymember Steven Bradford.

Thank you for listening.

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Assemblymember Bradford represents the 51st Assembly District.