“Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the fabric of our nation. It’s important that we celebrate the history and experience of all African Americans in our country but we must also use it as an opportunity to examine the current experience of our fellow citizens. More than ever, we need to make sure that African Americans have the upward mobility available to every other American. That comes, in part, through ensuring access to a quality education and prioritizing the safety and security of families in vulnerable communities. We must also promote good-paying job opportunities which includes the support of business sustainability and new business development.
I ask that all Michiganders not only celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our nation but commit that we will work together as friends and neighbors to ensure we tackle issues most important to improving the lives of African American families throughout our state.”