Black History Month: Uplifting the Voices of the Black Community

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, an annual national observance that highlights the power and impact of the Black community. The labor movement has excelled due to the great work, passion and advocacy of Black workers, and it is our duty to stand in solidarity with our Black union family as our nation reconciles with its past and racially bias institutions.

“Black History Month is a time to recognize those who changed the paradigm of American life -- from Frederick Douglas and Rosa Parks to Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr. to those who are not widely known by all Americans like Ella Baker and Shirley Chisholm -- but whose deeds have contributed to the prosperity and freedom of all of us,” said AFGE President Everett Kelley. 

AFGE's Women’s and Fair Practices Departments are proud to uplift the voices of our Black community through our programmatic and representational work, and we thank our members who have been allies in this work. We’re excited to host our Civil Rights Panel and Augusta Y. Thomas Civil Rights Awards during this year’s virtual Legislative Conference.

“Black History Month is a reminder not just of the past but also our potential,” said AFGE National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Jeremy Lannan. “AFGE is proud that Black leaders serve at every level of our union and play an integral role in our future. We celebrate Black History Month to stand in solidarity with Black heroes of the past, present, and future.” 

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, we ask all our members to reflect on and celebrate the great work of our Black community and use their personal capacities to uplift the work of Black leaders. As unionists it is important that we reflect and carve paths for racial equity. 


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