Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in commemoration of Black History Month:

“In the pursuit of the dream put forth by Carter G. Woodson – the founder of Black History Month – let us celebrate and appreciate the accomplishments of the many African Americans who have helped shape our nation.

“From the arts to government, the sciences to medicine and every other facet of American life, African Americans have made significant contributions that have helped make the United States the greatest country on earth. Over the next month, Americans should take stock of these contributions and accomplishments and appreciated their significance and value.”