BLACK HISTORY MONTH
WHEREAS; honor, strength and stature can be attributed to the diversity of cultures and traditions that are celebrated by the residents of this great region; and
WHEREAS; African Americans have played significant roles in the history of the New Jersey’s State economic, cultural, spiritual and political development while working tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history; and
WHEREAS; as a result of their determination, hard work, intelligence and perseverance, African Americans have made valuable and lasting contributions to the Township of Bloomfield, State and our Nation, achieving exceptional success in all aspects of society including business, education, politics science, and the arts; and
WHEREAS; in 1976, Black History Month was formally adopted to honor and affirm the importance of Black History throughout our American experience, which goes back thousands of years and includes some of the greatest, most advanced and innovative societies in our history that we can all draw inspiration from; and
WHEREAS; Black History Month is a time for all our residents and Americans to remember the stories and teachings of those who helped build our nation, took a stance against prejudice to build lives of dignity and opportunity, advanced the cause of civil rights, and strengthened families and communities; and
WHEREAS; during Black History Month all Americans are encouraged to reflect on past successes and challenges of African Americans and look to the future to continue to improve society so that we live up to the ideals of freedom, equality and justice:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RAYMOND J. McCARTHY, as Mayor of the Township of Bloomfield, along with the Township Council, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2013 as Black History Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs in honor of Dr. King's life and lasting legacy.