Enrolled SR 8: Proclaiming February 2018 as Black History Month.

00 Enrolled SR 8                                                                                                           
01 Proclaiming February 2018 as Black History Month.                                                                       
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03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE:                                                                                         
04      WHEREAS we recognize the strength and value of our diversity as a state and nation;                                
05 and                                                                                                                     
06      WHEREAS the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln inspired Dr.                                        
07 Carter G. Woodson, considered the "Father of Black History," to establish Negro History                                 
08 Week, which later became Black History Month; and                                                                       
09      WHEREAS African Americans are woven into the fabric of this nation and contribute                                  
10 to the attributes that make the nation strong and just, despite the nation's history of their                           
11 enslavement and unjust treatment; and                                                                                   
12      WHEREAS the pivotal role African Americans have played in building this great                                      
13 state has been uncelebrated for too long; and                                                                           
14      WHEREAS many African American residents have helped shape our state's destiny,                                     
15 including Blanche McSmith, who, in 1959, after leading efforts to advance civil rights in the                           
16 period leading up to statehood, was appointed the first African American to serve in the                                
17 Alaska House of Representatives, where she fought tirelessly to end housing and employment                              
01 discrimination; and                                                                                                     
02      WHEREAS Mahala Ashley Dickerson, after moving to Alaska to homestead with her                                      
03 family, became the state's first African American attorney in 1959 and continued to fight for                           
04 equal rights for all into her 90s; and                                                                                  
05      WHEREAS our nation was founded on the principle that ''all men are created equal,                                  
06 that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are                            
07 Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness''; and                                                                       
08      WHEREAS we have struggled through slavery, segregation, and racial injustice                                       
09 toward this ideal and are still fighting today to fulfill the promise of those words;                                   
10      BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate proclaims February 2018 as Black History                                            
11 Month.