Proclamation acknowledges Black History Month in Monroe
Monroe recognized Black History Month with a proclamation at its Feb. 27 meeting.
Mayor Gregory Wolfe and Council President Carolann Fox presented the document to Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).
The proclamation noted that February is a time for “honoring and exploring the culture and history of African Americans and recognizing that our society’s rich diversity is one of our greatest strengths.”
Black History Month dates back to 1915, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the organization known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, according to the proclamation.
“Observing Black History Month provides opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and acknowledge the centuries of struggles for equality and freedom,” the document reads, “as well as celebrating the achievements and contributions of African Americans.
“We must not forget the men and women who worked tirelessly for freedom, civil rights and equality for all people, whose deeds helped to broaden and enrich American culture.”
The county NAACP’s mission is to “ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all citizens,” according to its website.