City Council Issues Proclamation on Black History Month

Last night, the City Council issued a proclamation to bring awareness to Black History Month. Formally adopted in 1976, Black History Month acknowledges the contributions African Americans have made to the history of our nation and to California’s economic, cultural, spiritual and political development.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, much of the City of San Gabriel’s honor, strength and distinction can be attributed to the diversity of cultures and traditions that are celebrated by our residents; and

WHEREAS, African Americans have played a significant role in the history of our nation and California’s economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development while working tirelessly to promote their culture and history; and

WHEREAS, as a result of their determination, hard work, and perseverance, African Americans have made valuable and lasting contributions to our community and our state, 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, and is full of individuals who took a stance against prejudice, advanced the cause of civil rights, strengthened families, communities, and our nation; and

WHEREAS, all Americans are encouraged to reflect on past successes and challenges of African Americans and look to the future to improve society so that we live up to the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Denise Menchaca, Mayor of the City of San Gabriel, California on behalf of the City Council, Vice Mayor Chin Ho Liao, Councilmembers Tony Ding, John R. Harrington, and Jason Pu, do hereby proclaim February 2021as “Black History Month” in the City of San Gabriel, and invite everyone to recognize this month to celebrate the diversity and character of our community and highlight the importance of sharing our culture, customs and traditions with those around us. I urge the citizens of San Gabriel to join me in this special observance.

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