Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell in Recognition of National Black History Month

Feb 1, 2012
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-7) released the following statement in recognition of National Black History Month:

“Today begins the month-long celebration honoring black history and the extraordinary accomplishments African Americans have contributed to this nation and the world.  The story of the 7th Congressional District and the State of Alabama cannot be told without remembering the significant contributions that African Americans from Alabama have made to our nation through their courage to fight for excellence, equality and justice for all.

The theme for this year’s National Black History Month is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” We pay special tribute to the historical and cultural contributions made by African American women from all walks of life.  As a little girl growing up in Selma, I was surrounded by the legacy of those who marched, prayed and died for justice, equality and the right to vote. In particular, African American women from the State of Alabama have left a rich legacy of activism and leadership.  Alabama women like Odessa Woolfolk, Doris Crenshaw, Ethel Hall, Sheyann Webb, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Amelia Boynton and Theresa Burroughs forged the path for future female leaders. These African American women fought courageous battles so that I can now serve as the first African American Congresswoman elected from Alabama, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Today, African American women from Alabama continue to lead the way in academia, medicine, business and government.  Leaders such as Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman broke down barriers at the highest levels and have been instrumental in shaping policy across this nation and the world. Every day, these extraordinary Alabamians should inspire us to continue building a stronger America for future generations.

The achievements of African Americans are worthy to be praised and acknowledged every day, and not just during the month of February. Every month should be Black History Month because black history is an integral part of American history.

This year as we celebrate Black History Month let us all commit to doing our part to making this country great.”


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