MADISON — In celebration of the beginning of Black History Month, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes released the following statement:
“This Black History Month comes as Black Americans across our state and our country face unprecedented challenges to defend our right to vote, fight for proportional representation in government, and recover from an ongoing pandemic. But I refuse to be disheartened. Black Americans have long been the champions of progress and perseverance, pushing America one step closer to delivering on its original promise of building a more perfect Union.
“This month marks an opportunity for us to learn about the rich history of these champions of progress. However, the fight for justice, equality, and opportunity is far from finished. As we learn about and reflect on the countless achievements and contributions Black Americans have made in our country, we must also honor their legacies by rededicating ourselves to continuing their work.”