U.S. Embassy in Haiti, February 4, 2020
Remarks by Ambassador Sison on the Occasion of the launch of Black History Month
Mr. Prime Minister; Mr. Governor of the Central Bank; Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Minister-Delegate in charge of Citizenship; dear guests and friends — good evening!
I am pleased to welcome you to the launch of this very special time for us at the U.S. Embassy — “Black History Month” — this entire month of February. Tonight, I would like to start with a quote that reminds us of the reason we are here: “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
These words were written decades ago by Carter Godwin Woodson, a highly-regarded American historian who was also an author, journalist, and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Indeed, we are here tonight to reflect upon the many accomplishments of African Americans in the United States, and to be inspired by these accomplishments. “Black History Month” is a time during which we honor the achievements of African Americans and the contributions they have made to the United States since the founding of our nation. We take this moment to reflect on the ways in which African-Americans pushed boundaries, demonstrated excellence, and led civil rights movements, holding the U.S. true to our ideals.
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