H.Res. 1046: Recognizing the significance of Black History Month

H.Res. 1046

Recognizing the significance of Black History Month

Sponsor
Rep. Al Green

Date
February 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 1046 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, February 22, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on January 27, 2010.

 

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1046 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the significance of Black History Month as an important time to recognize the contributions of African-Americans in the Nation's history, and encourages the continued celebration of this month to provide an opportunity for all peoples of the United States to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped the Nation; and
• "Recognizes that ethnic and racial diversity of the United States enriches and strengthens the Nation."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the month of February is officially celebrated as Black History Month, which dates back to 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson set aside a special period of time in February to recognize the heritage and achievement of Black Americans.