Smith Statement in Commemoration of Black History Month
February 1, 2012
“As we celebrate Black History Month this February, let us honor the significant contributions and achievements African-Americans have made to our nation. The legacy of African-American trailblazers serves as an example of the leadership and commitment necessary to overcome insurmountable obstacles.
“As our country continues to face difficult economic times, we must also acknowledge that people of color are still disproportionately affected by unemployment and by discriminatory practices that must be addressed.
“There is still more work to do to realize a society that grants everyone a fair chance to succeed. No matter their race, creed, or background, we must ensure all people have an equal opportunity in our country to reach their highest potential, and to achieve their dreams.”