H.Res. 83: Recognizing the significance of Black History Month

H.Res. 83

Recognizing the significance of Black History Month

Rep. Al Green

February 24, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 83 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Al Green (D-TX) on January 23, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 83 resolves that the House of Representatives:

Ø       "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

Ø       "Recognizes that the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States enriches and strengthens the Nation."


Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African-Americans. February is officially celebrated as Black History Month. This 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 African-Americans. Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population-Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.