Black History Month is celebrated in the U.S. every February to acknowledge and educate civilians about the accomplishments and historical legacy of African Americans.
The theme of 2015 Black History Month is “Civil Rights in America.” The state of civil rights in America became a major topic of national conversation in 2014, following the killings of unarmed people of color — namely Michael Brown, and Eric Garner — by white police officers.
This resolution does not specifically mention last year’s deaths, but instead takes a historical perspective. H.Res. 13 begins by honoring significant achievements of African Americans who succeeded, despite injustice, as artists, scientists, and leaders. It specifically states that the House:
- Recognizes the significance of Black History Month, and encourages people to use the opportunity to learn about African American history;
- Recognizes that ethnic and racial diversity is essential to the United States;
- Encourages all states to include African American history in their year-round curriculum.