Enrolled SR 8: Proclaiming February 2018 as Black History Month.

00Enrolled SR 8 01 Proclaiming February 2018 as Black History Month. 02 _______________ 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE: 04 WHEREAS we recognize the strength and value of our diversity as a state and nation; 05 and 06 WHEREAS the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln inspired Dr. 07 Carter G. Woodson, considered the "Father of Black History," to establish Negro History 08 Week, which later became Black History Month; and 09 WHEREAS African Americans are woven into the fabric of this nation and contribute 10 to the attributes that make the nation strong and just, despite the nation's history of their 11 enslavement and unjust treatment; and 12 WHEREAS the pivotal role African Americans have played in building this great 13 state has been uncelebrated for too long; and 14 WHEREAS many African American residents have helped shape our state's destiny, 15 including Blanche McSmith, who, in 1959, after leading efforts to advance civil rights in the 16 period leading up to statehood, was appointed the first African American to serve in the 17 Alaska House of Representatives, where she fought tirelessly to end housing and employment

01 discrimination; and 02 WHEREAS Mahala Ashley Dickerson, after moving to Alaska to homestead with her 03 family, became the state's first African American attorney in 1959 and continued to fight for 04 equal rights for all into her 90s; and 05 WHEREAS our nation was founded on the principle that ''all men are created equal, 06 that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are 07 Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness''; and 08 WHEREAS we have struggled through slavery, segregation, and racial injustice 09 toward this ideal and are still fighting today to fulfill the promise of those words; 10 BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate proclaims February 2018 as Black History 11 Month.