Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on African-American History Month February 4, 2013

Today, we celebrate the beginning of African-American History Month and honor the remarkable contributions that African-Americans have made to the nation’s progress. At HHS, we honor the opportunities in public health, medicine, and scientific research made possible by leading African-Americans across the country.

During this year, we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and pay tribute to the pioneers who came before us and commit to build on their legacies. It seems only fitting that the theme for African-American History Month is ‘At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.’ Read More