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Congressman Adriano Espaillat Recognizes Black History Month

February 1, 2018

Honoring His African Roots and the Contributions African-Americans and Individuals of African Descent Have Made Throughout the History of Our Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month.

"First recognized in 1926 by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month allows us to reflect on the collective strength that diversity continues to bring to the United States today," said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). "Each year during the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the countless contributions that African Americans and individuals of African descent have made to our nation throughout its history.

"Black History Month encourages each of us to recognize the threads of African American history that continue in our society today in areas such as arts and entertainment, education and technology, business and policy, in service to our country and in service to our local communities.

"As we celebrate Black History, I am proud to recognize my own African roots and lineage as an Afro-Latino and reflect on our diversity as a nation, our history and culture, and our work to ensure a better, brighter and more equitable future today and for generations in the future."

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business. He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat's Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at /.

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