00 Enrolled SR 3 01 Proclaiming February 2017 as Black History Month. 02 _______________ 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE: 04 WHEREAS, in 1926, a week honoring black history was first established by Dr. 05 Carter G. Woodson to coincide with the birth week shared by President Abraham Lincoln and 06 abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass; and 07 WHEREAS Dr. Carter G. Woodson stated, "We have a wonderful history behind us . 08 . . If you are unable to demonstrate to the world that you have this record, the world will say 09 to you, 'You are not worthy to enjoy the blessings of democracy'"; and 10 WHEREAS, in 1976, in honor of the nation's bicentennial, President Gerald R. Ford 11 expanded the celebration of Black History Week to Black History Month; and 12 WHEREAS African Americans are woven into the fabric of this nation and contribute 13 to the attributes that make the nation strong and just, despite the nation's history of their 14 enslavement and unjust treatment; and 15 WHEREAS the contributions African Americans have made to building the State of 16 Alaska--from the hundreds of members of Company L, 24th Infantry, United States Army, 17 who were stationed at Dyea and Skagway during the Gold Rush, to the engineers who carved 01 the Alaska-Canada (ALCAN) Highway through remote and desolate land--often go 02 unrecognized; and 03 WHEREAS Americans from all walks of life continue hopefully and confidently to 04 strive to achieve a more perfect and equitable union, even when we fall short; 05 BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate proclaims February 2017 as Black History 06 Month.