ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 2, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement on Black History Month:
“This month, we honor and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans to our nation.
“Frederick Douglass once said, ‘We are one, our cause is one, and we must help each other if we are to succeed.’ Black History- a rich, proud and ongoing history- is all of our history. It is part of the common thread of human dignity that unites us. And so it is not just this month, but every month, that we should come together to reflect on our African American ancestors, and the generations before of hardworking Marylanders who sacrificed to create a better State for generations to come.
“Thanks to so many great leaders who came before us, courageous men and women of character and wisdom, we are able to enjoy a better quality of life. And as we look back on their accomplishments, we should have the strength to choose a better future for our children.”