Denver, CO - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today released the following statement as Black History Month comes to a close:
"Each February, we honor the extraordinary contributions made by generations of African Americans to our country. From science to literature to politics, African Americans make our country more vibrant and prosperous. They remind us that America's strength is inseparable from its diversity.
"Last February, we honored ten Colorado individuals and organizations for exemplary service to the African American community. This year, I want to thank President Obama and his family for their dignity and public service, and for setting an example that has inspired my family and countless Americans. As I said last month before marching in Denver's Marade, President Obama's leadership has moved us closer to realizing Dr. King's dream for all Americans.
"Despite the progress we've made, we also remember the enduring challenges African Americans still face - from inequalities in education, housing, and healthcare, to mass incarceration and a renewed assault on civil rights. This month, we must rededicate ourselves to addressing these challenges and remember that the fight for justice and equal opportunity requires sustained engagement by all Americans."