February 4, 2011
CARSON STATEMENT ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH
INDIANAPOLIS - Congressman André Carson released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:
"This month we recognize the important role that African Americans have played in shaping our state and country's identity. From celebrated, entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker to historic Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis is rich in African-American history.
"This year's theme, ‘African Americans and the Civil War,' looks to highlight the tens of thousands of African Americans who not only enlisted in the United States Army and Navy, but helped the war effort in other ways. In Indiana we honor the 28th regiment - the only black regiment organized in Indiana during the Civil War.
"While Black History Month helps us remember the contributions African Americans have made to our history as well as the progress that's been made toward our nation's promise of equality - we know there are still barriers to creating opportunity. African Americans still face one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, nearly double the national average, and minority-owned business still struggle to secure the resources they need to be successful.
"It was because of these kinds of inequalities that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was formed in 1971. And since that time members of the CBC have led the way to break barriers and advance legislation on important issues including education, foreign affairs and employment. Due to its efforts to improve the lives of all Americans, the CBC is the "Conscience of the Congress." I am humbled to be a member of the CBC and its leadership team.
"As our economy continues to recover, we will continue addressing the challenges facing our neighborhoods by advocating for legislation that invests in our communities and helps our small businesses grow. We have already had success in these efforts as 1 million jobs were created last year. Through advances like the new health care law, many African Americans and other minorities will finally have the tools they need to protect their wellbeing, including access to affordable coverage and more community health centers.
"But while we defend these policies that have helped advance all Americans, we must continue throughout the 112th Congress to push for the kinds of policies that will end economic disparity and give Hoosier families a chance to succeed."
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