Butterfield Commemorates Black History Month

Feb 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – February marks Black History Month, a time to honor the contributions of African Americans 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.

“Each February, we as a nation come together to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans and their contributions to our great nation,” said Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01).  “In the spirit of Black History Month, we remember key accomplishments in Black history.  Black Wall Street in Durham was known as the mecca for African American business activity during its time.  The Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House in Wilson was originally built by an African American stonemason to help alleviate the housing shortage for GIs returning from war in the 1940s. 

“Black History Month also provides an opportunity for reflection.  As African Americans still face one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, we recognize that much work remains to invest in shared prosperity.  I will continue in the fight for reducing the cost of education, improving access to quality health care, diversifying the job market, and working on behalf of all of my constituents to ensure their voices are heard.

“This month, we celebrate the achievements of African Americans who have led the fight toward equity in our communities, and stand together in paving the way for continued progress for all.”

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

Saturday, February 16
Black History Month Program
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church
9:00 am
1001 Hooker Road
Greenville, NC  27834

Sunday, February 17
Black History Month Program
Black Swamp Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ
1414 Bear Grass Road
Williamston, NC  27892

Wednesday, February 20
Black History Month Program Keynote Speaker
Halifax Community College
10:00 am
100 College Drive
Weldon, NC  27890

Thursday, February 21
Black History Month “Hearts of our Heritage” Celebration
Bertie County High School
10:30 am
716 US HWY 13 North
Windsor, NC  27983

Black History Month Program Keynote Speaker
Washington County Early College High School
1:30 pm
102 NC HWY 32 North
Roper, NC  27970

Friday, February 22
Black History Month Keynote Speaker
Hertford County Early College
10:45 am
109 Community College Road
Ahoskie, NC  27910

Saturday, February 23
Princeville Founders Day and Prayer for Black History Month Program
5:00 pm
Location TBD