WASHINGTON, DC February 11, 2020 (CMC) – As is customary for United States presidents, over the years, President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation, declaring February National African American History Month.
“Through bravery, perseverance, faith, and resolve — often in the face of incredible prejudice and hardship — African Americans have enhanced and advanced every aspect of American life,” said Trump, in the White House proclamation.
“Their fight for equality, representation, and respect, motivates us to continue working for a more promising, peaceful, and hopeful future for every American,” he said.
During National African American History Month, Trump, who has been accused of enacting racist policies and has been frequently assailed for issuing disparaging remarks about African nations and Haiti, said “We honour the extraordinary contributions made by African Americans, throughout the history of our Republic, and we renew our commitment to liberty and justice for all.”
The US president noted that the theme of this year’s observance, “African Americans and the Vote”, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave African American men the right to vote.
This Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1870, prohibits the government from denying or abridging a citizen’s right to vote, based on “race, colour, or previous condition of servitude”.
Trump said his administration has made “great strides” in expanding opportunities for people of all backgrounds, and that, over the past two years, the poverty and unemployment rates for African Americans “have reached historic lows”.