U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month, which is celebrated in February.
“This month we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the enduring contributions of a community whose vibrant culture and rich traditions are an integral part of the fabric of our great nation. In all sectors of American society – as business owners, educators, members of the armed services, and more – the African American community has played a leading role.
“During Black History Month, we are reminded of the tireless efforts of so many who committed themselves to the pursuit of social justice and equality and whose efforts paved the way for so much progress. It is because of their work that this year we remember the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma and the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
“Let us honor the unwavering spirit of the men and women who would not be deterred from their struggle for justice by continuing the fight for equal access at the ballot box and strengthening the Voting Rights Act so that every citizen can exercise his or her fundamental right to vote. In doing so we not only remember the legacy of those who were driven by the struggle for equality, we also honor the dreams and aspirations of the next generation.”