Declaring February 2020 as Black History Month

WHEREAS, Black History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to U.S. history in their struggles for freedom and equality, and deepens our understanding of our nation's history and calls our attention to the continued need to battle racism and build a society that lives up to its democratic ideals, and;

WHEREAS, in 1915, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, noted Black scholar and son of former slaves, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History which was later renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and;

WHEREAS, Dr. Woodson initiated Black History Week on February 12, 1926, which for many years was celebrated on the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln; in 1976, Black History Week was expanded and became established as Black History Month, and;

WHEREAS, the Palm Beach County Library System is proud to celebrate Black History Month with events and seminars along with musical and dance performances to highlight the wide and deep cultural legacy that black Americans have built in the United States, and;

WHEREAS, the Palm Beach County Library System took up the challenge started by 12-year-old Marley Dias to amass a collection of #1000blackgirlbooks featuring children’s and teen titles whose main characters are black girls, and in February 2020, the collection surpassed 1000 books and is available for everyone to borrow in the Palm Beach County Library System’s catalog by searching #1000blackgirlbooks.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, assembled in regular session this fourth day of February 2020, that February 2020, in Palm Beach County is hereby proclaimed:

Black History Month

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this proclamation is duly sealed, ribboned and executed by the members of this Board. The foregoing Proclamation was sponsored by Commissioner Mack Bernard, and upon unanimous consent of the Board, the Mayor declared the Proclamation duly enacted.

(l-r) Andrea Taylor (Library), Tiewanda Culler (Library), Maribel de Jesús (Library), Doris Mendez DeMaio (Library), Elizabeth Braunworth (Library), Sorrell Mitchell (Library), Amberdenise Puckett (Library), Verdenia Baker (County Administrator), Mack Bernard (County Commissioner, District 7), Doug Crane (Library Director) Wilneeda Emmanuel (County Commission Administrative Assistant, District 7)