Butler, Booker, Scott, Warnock Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Celebrating Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Laphonza Butler (D-CA),  Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) celebrated the Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution commemorating Black History Month and the important contributions made by Black Americans throughout United States history.

The resolution recognizes that all Americans benefit from the rich historical legacy of Black culture and recognizes Black History Month as a chance to reflect on the complex history of the nation while also continuing to work toward a more equitable future. Furthermore, the resolution acknowledges the suffering of African Americans during enslavement and the continued racial injustices that remain evident in the United States today.

“I am proud to honor the invaluable contributions Black Americans have made to our nation throughout its history,” said Senator Booker. “The American story does not exist without the story of countless Black Americans who have struggled and sacrificed to make our country stronger and more equal. Black History Month recognizes our collective story and its triumphs, while still acknowledging the work left to be done.” 

“Black History Month is an opportunity to showcase how far we’ve come as a nation, to learn from the lessons of our past and strive towards the creation of a more perfect union,” said Senator Scott. “As we celebrate the resilience and contributions of Black Americans past and present, my prayer for our country is that we build on the tremendous progress we’ve made, continue to turn our challenges into triumphs and make the future of America our greatest chapter yet.”

“Every year, Black History Month presents an opportunity to honor the legacy, contributions, and rich history of Black Americans and how they have shaped our country,” said Senator Butler. “I am glad to join my colleagues in this resolution as we work together to uplift and empower Black communities.”

“Black history is American history, and February is a month that celebrates the remarkable journey of Black Americans’ resilience, strength, and triumphs,” said Reverend Raphael Warnock. “This resolution acknowledges the tremendous progress and victories we’ve made, while also recognizing that the work continues to create the beloved community where every American can prosper, no matter what they look like or where they come from.”

The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Tom Carper (D-DE), James Risch (R-ID), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Jack Reed (D-RI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Bob Casey (D-PA), Katie Britt (R-AL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Fetterman (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tina Smith (D-MN), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).

To read the full text of the resolution, click here

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