Last night I attended the Congressional Black Caucus’ Black History Month commemoration, "A Celebration of African Americans in Congress." The event was held in the ornate Cannon Caucus Room, a venue that was largely off-limits when the Republicans were in control.
The CBC honored trailblazers like Lorraine Miller, the first African American House Clerk and first African American officer of the U.S. Congress, as well as trailblazers from the Reconstruction Era, including Congressman Robert Smalls.
There’s a new documentary on Congressman Smalls, who went from the slave house to the House of Representatives. To view the trailer, click here.
While Black History Month will soon be, well, history, CBC Chair Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick said: “You are black history.” She asked:
Will you do your part? Will you speak out? Will you join something? Organize?
Well, will you?