Measure Celebrates African American Achievements, Cites Notable Mississippians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today praised approval of a Black History Month resolution honoring the achievements of African Americans, including notable leaders from Mississippi.
The Senate resolution, approved by unanimous consent Thursday night, cites the history of African Americans and their significant contributions to advancing education, politics, arts, sports, literature, science, technology, and the Armed Services.
“This resolution honors the important contributions of black Americans to our nation’s history and culture,” Wicker said.  “I am especially mindful of the notable Mississippians who were included in this resolution.  Their effect upon our nation will always be a part of our state’s legacy.”
“Mississippians are proud of the achievements of so many African Americans from our state, who have influenced not just our country but the world,” said Hyde-Smith, who cosponsored the resolution.  “I’m pleased the Senate has passed this resolution recognizing Black History Month, joining in a national commemoration of the past while looking forward to new accomplishments.”
The Senate resolution incorporates the names of notable African Americans from Mississippi including Medgar Evers, B.B. King, Dr. Aaron Shirley, Walter Payton, U.S. Senator Blanche K. Bruce, U.S. Senator Hiram Revels, Holt Collier, and Mamie Till, the mother of Emmett Till.
The Black History Month resolution states in part that “the contributions of African Americans from all walks of life throughout the history of the United States reflect the greatness of the United States,” and that the Senate “acknowledges the significance of Black History Month as an important opportunity to commemorate the tremendous contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States.”

The resolution is available here.