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house Bill H.R. 1242

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

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Title

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

Official Title

To establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on May 1, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.) 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act (Sec. 3) This bill establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. The commission must: plan programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities; assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration; and coordinate for the public scholarly research on the arrival of Africans in the United States and their contributions to this country. (Sec. 5) The commission may provide: (1) grants to communities and nonprofit organizations for the development of programs; (2) grants to research and scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating to the arrival of Africans in the United States; and (3) technical assistance to states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration. (Sec. 7) The commission must prepare a strategic plan and submit a final report to Congress that contains a summary of its activities, an accounting of its received and expended funds, and its recommendations. (Sec. 8) The commission shall terminate on July 1, 2020. (Sec. 9) All expenditures of the commission shall be made solely from donated funds.

bill Progress


  • EnactedJanuary 8th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 21st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed May 1st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2017

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    The impact of systemic slavery on America must be taught openly and honestly, and the innumerable cultural and societal contributions of black Americans must be celebrated just as openly and honestly. This has the potential to be a wonderful program that could touch every American at the local level.
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    Sign to allow Reparations for Repatriation..We are A Nation Of People!
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    It is important for people to know their history - the good, bad, and ugly. It is particularly essential to learn from the mistakes of history, lest our faulty human nature doom us to repeating our worst moments. The history of the African American is the history of America and continues to impact its economy, its culture, its laws and its moral compass. I want my grandchildren to learn this history so that they have the opportunity to be better people than their ancestors have been.
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    As evidenced by the president's comments today about the Civil War, more recognition needs to be done to recognize the contributions that African American's have made since their arrival.
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    African-American history is so often swept under the rug and not talked about, contributing to racism in our society as a whole. Promoting African-American history will help us come closer to equality.
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    Our culture has a strange way of rendering people considered black, brown or of color invisible--until it comes to scapegoating and suddenly they're front and center--to be blamed for any and all problems. The arts can help cure this as can teaching actual history including the appalling torture, family destruction and mistreatment of African – Americans that continues in Jim Crow form, with imprisonment, blame, disrespect, and violence at every turn. This should not be another way to sugarcoat and soothe "white"" guilt or sensitivities, but rather acknowledge the strengths, the dignity, and the courage of African-Americans in the face of continued discrimination. Tell it like it was and like it is.
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    This would be more meaningful if it had been funded...
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    It is important for the United States Government to recognize the tragic impact slavery has had on humanity throughout American history. This is especially important today as many Americans and our elected leaders turn a blind eye to the current and historic suffering of others.
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    To teach our young generation the about our history and to honor our ancestors for what they went through and celebrate our culture we brought to this country.
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    Very proud about this bill. Acknowledging America's part in slavery and also acknowledging the role people of African descent have played and continue to play in the history and development of this country. I think it's important to try to invest in communities of colors who have been effected by a system of racism that has lead to much destruction within communities of color. So to see the government finally acknowledge and also attempt to educate and invest in these communities is good.
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    This is an honorable activity.
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    Yes, of course. So unless my rep can add on a bonus for her big bank donors, it won't pass
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    This is important. We should remember our history and have a complete understanding of systematic racism. It's form has changed, but past event certainly influence our current state of policy, opportunity, and access for African Americans.
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    No unless we have it for Anglo Saxon, Spanish, and all other races. This just increases tension in America. Americans are Americans not colors.
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    Many people voting nay believe this bill will somehow portray black history as more important than the cultural history of any other culture/ethnicity of our nation. That isn't the case; this bill merely acknowledges the elephant in the room and addresses the topic of slavery/how openly and honestly it must be taught to Americans
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    This is a good idea. More education on the injustices of he past will hopefully bring steps toward equality.
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    Our history! Lets begin with what is being taught I school. I grew up believing my race was black... Now its African American... I was taught in school that my history began with slavery. Two things happened to my ancestors. One our land was taken from us, my fathers were killed and our women were raped. My ancestors that you called Indians have been renamed from Hebrews to Indians to hide our Identity. Second my other ancestors were brought over here during the Atlantic slave trade. Our fathers were beat, killed and raped as well as our mothers. Again our name was changed over and over to hide our true identity. Our true nationality is HEBREW! Today our people are mixed with other blood because of rape during slavery. Reperation should be paid, no doubt about it! I believe that those born in 1980 and beforem without a Caucasian parent should be paid.
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    Is not a necessary and proper function of the United States Congress
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    this is awesome. watch this be the only bill that doesn't pass
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    History of African -Americans is sui generis on this country, and they are still suffering from the effects of present discrimination. We need an effort as massive as slavery itself to overcome its effects
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