Butterfield Commemorates Black History Month

Feb 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – During Black History Month, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) is recognizing the contributions African Americans have made to American culture and society.  First conceived in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week,” February was formally recognized as Black History Month by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

In a new Medium post, Congressman Butterfield reflected on the struggles and perseverance of the past and the work that lies ahead to deliver on the promise of our great nation for all Americans, stating in part:  

“The African American story is and has always been at the heart of the American story.  Our country has long been shaped by the inhumanity of slavery, sharecropping, segregation, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration.  Despite a history of oppression, African Americans have prospered and have contributed greatly to our nation.”

Butterfield also released a new report on the economic state of the Black community.  Read the full report here

Throughout the month of February, Congressman Butterfield will join his constituents at the following Black History Month events:

Friday, February 16 – Wilson
“Silence is Not an Option” Black History Month Celebration
Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church
6:00 PM
Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church, Wilson, NC


Saturday, February 17 – Greenville
“Turning Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones” Black History Month Program
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church
9:00 AM
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Greenville, NC


Sunday, February 18 – Gates
“The Past, Present, and Future” 2018 Heritage Black History Month Program
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
3:00 PM
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Gates, NC


Tuesday, February 20 – Durham
Black History Month Remarks & Flag Presentation
Pearsontown Elementary School
9:30 AM
Pearsontown Elementary School, Durham, NC


Wednesday, February 21 – Ahoskie
Black History Month Program
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
6:00 PM
Jernigan Building Auditorium, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Ahoskie, NC


Thursday, February 23 – Wilson
Black History Month Program
Rountree Missionary Baptist Church
6:00 PM
Rountree Missionary Baptist Church, Wilson, NC


Sunday, February 25 – Williamston
Black History Month Program
Cedar Hill Missionary Baptist Church
11:00 AM
Cedar Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Williamston, NC