The Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month with a Capitol event Feb. 1, 2022. Photo from the Legislative Black Caucus' Facebook page.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes spoke against those who would “rewrite history” during the Legislative Black Caucus’ Black History Month kickoff.

Barnes argued during yesterday’s event that Black Americans face many of the same issues they have fought against over the years and are still struggling to be heard and seen due to those who oppose progress. Barnes rebuked those “who would rather rewrite history because it’s convenient to a narrative that has been a lie the whole time.”

“Unfortunately there are many powerful interests and there are many forces that are still opposed to progress, still opposed to equity, still opposed to us all moving forward as we should, and some who just outright deny both the progress or the trials of the past,” said Barnes, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Gov. Tony Evers emphasized the importance of fair elections for all.

“It’s our responsibility to do everything in our power to safeguard the future, and central to this mission is and always will be ensuring the right of every person, every eligible voter, to have free and fair access to the ballot box,” the guv said.

The Legislative Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month with a schedule of programming dedicated to entrepreneurship, health and mental health, education and criminal justice.

This week’s programming under the theme of economic entrepreneurship is hosted by Milwaukee Dems Rep. Kalan Haywood and Sen. Lena Taylor. Events will include a small business panel, a homeownership and housing panel, and a Black business town hall.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History chose “Black Health and Wellness” as this year’s theme for Black History Month.

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