A proclamation on National Black History Month, 2022

Each February, National Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that black history is American history, black culture is American culture, and black stories are essential to America’s continuing story – our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations. Shedding light on black history today is as important as ever to understanding ourselves and growing stronger as a nation. That’s why it’s essential that we take the time to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of Black Americans, to honor the legacy and accomplishments of past generations, to acknowledge centuries of injustice, and to confront those injustices that have unfolded. still festering today.

Our Nation was founded on an idea: that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated with equal dignity throughout our lives. It is a promise that we have never fully kept, but from which we have never strayed. The long shadows of slavery, Jim Crow and redlining – and the scourge of systemic racism that still diminishes our nation today – are holding America back from reaching its full promise and potential. But by facing these tragedies openly and honestly and working together as one people to fulfill the American promise of fairness and dignity for all, we become a stronger nation – a more perfect version of ourselves.

Over the generations, countless Black Americans have shown deep moral courage and resilience to help shape our nation for the better. Today, Black Americans lead industries and movements for change, serve our communities and our nation at all levels, and advance all fields, including the arts and sciences, business and law, health and education, and many more. Facing wounds and obstacles older than our nation itself, Black Americans can be seen in every part of our society today, strengthening and uplifting all of America.

Vice President Harris and I are deeply committed to advancing equity, racial justice, and opportunity for Black Americans as we continue to strive to fulfill America’s founding promise. It began with building a federal government that resembles America: including the first black Secretary of Defense, the first black woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget, the first black man to lead the ‘Environmental Protection Agency, the first black woman to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development in over 40 years, the first black chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, a black ambassador representing America at the United Nations and the first black and South Asian vice president in our history. We are proud to appoint accomplished Black Americans to fill a wide range of roles in our administration. I am even more proud to have already appointed eight black women to serve as federal appeals judges, which in just 1 year corresponds to the total number of black women who have ever served on federal appeals courts.

My administration has worked hard to reverse decades of underinvestment in Black communities, schools, and businesses. America’s bailout and bipartisan infrastructure act make historic investments in black America — from gun shots to checks in families’ pockets and tax cuts for working families with children to an investment historic $5.8 billion and support for historically black colleges and universities. And in my first year in office, the US bailout provided the full child tax credit to low-income families of more than 26 million children — who are disproportionately black — and put us on the path to halving black child poverty.

As the Infrastructure Act continues to be implemented, we will continue this progress. Lead service lines that have contaminated the water in too many homes and schools in black communities will be removed and replaced. We will provide high-speed internet access to every community so that no black family is left behind in the 21st century economy. Historic investments in public transit will help more people in more neighborhoods get quickly and safely to where good jobs are. We will reconnect black neighborhoods cut off from opportunity by highways that were built to keep them away. The long-standing environmental injustices that have hit black communities hardest will be redressed. We will make major investments in Black entrepreneurs and small businesses, including making the Minority Business Development Agency permanent and providing it with a record $110 million in new resources to help level the playing field. game for black businesses.

But this is only the beginning. To fulfill the promise of America for All, we will work tirelessly over the coming year to implement my Build Back Better program, reducing the costs families face in child care, housing, education, health care, prescription drugs and more. We will continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by putting equity at the center of our response. We will not rest until we protect the foundation of our democracy: the sacred right to vote. And we will fight to continue to dismantle all those structural inequalities that have served as barriers to black families for generations.
As we celebrate National Black History Month, let us all commit to fulfilling this founding promise. Let us continue to fight for the fairness, opportunity and dignity to which every black American is due in equal measure. Let us continue the work of building an America that is, in the beautiful words of poet Amanda Gorman, “Burned, but whole – benevolent, but bold, fierce and free.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2022 Month Black History National. . I call on public servants, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this thirty-first of January of the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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