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PRESENTATION ITEM A

City of Brentwood

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Americans of African descent helped develop our nation in countless ways, those recognized, unrecognized, and unrecorded; and

WHEREAS, the contributions of African-American citizens as scientists, inventors,
educators, farmers, homemakers, and explorers of earth and sky have been recognized annually during Black History Month; and

WHEREAS, the history and contribution of African-American citizens were consistently overlooked and undervalued in the curricula of public educational institutions prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and

WHEREAS, Carter Goodwin Wilson, a black historian recognized these
accomplishments and, on February 7, 1926, created one of the culture landmarks of
contemporary America, “Negro History Week"; and

WHEREAS, in the 1960's, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, "Negro
History Week" was changed to "Black History Week", and in 1976 was expanded to "Black History Month" as part of the National Bicentennial Celebration; and

WHEREAS, the annual theme for Black History Month asks all Americans to remember the contributions that African-American men and women have made to our nation; and

WHEREAS, residents of the City desire to recognize not only the historical contributions of African-Americans but also the importance of their role making Brentwood a healthy, diverse and culturally rich community today and in the future,

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, we, the City Council of the City of Brentwood do hereby proclaim the month of February 2006 as Black History Month.

Dated this 14th day of February 2006

___________________________________ Brian Swisher
Mayor
 

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