February 2018 Declared as Black History Month

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Mayor Conway read the below Proclamation, declaring February 2018 as Black History Month.


WHEREAS, the City of Brisbane takes pride in joining Americans throughout the country in recognizing February 2018 as Black History Month; and

WHEREAS, Black History Month pays tribute to the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our shared history; and

WHEREAS, our diverse culture enriches and broadens the American experience of which Black heritage is an inseparable part as it weaves throughout our country’s history, profoundly influencing every aspect of our lives; and

WHEREAS, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the founders of Black History Month, selected the Theme for 2018 to be “African Americans in Times of War,” to commemorate the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918, and honors the roles of African Americans - soldiers, sailors, veterans, and civilians - in every American war, from the Revolutionary War Era to that of the present “War against Terrorism;” and

WHEREAS, we commend the many achievements, successes and contributions of African Americans in all fields of endeavor; and

WHEREAS, we call on the community members of the City of Brisbane to attend several County-wide programs, presentations, art exhibits and health fairs being held to observe Black History month - such as community events hosted by the San Mateo County Libraries, the African American Library Advisory Committee, the San Mateo County History Museum, and the San Mateo County African American Community Initiative.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on this 15th day of February, 2018, the City of Brisbane does hereby proclaim February 1st – February 28th, 2018, as Black History Month.

Dated this 15th Day of February, 2018          

W. Clarke Conway, Mayor
City of Brisbane

The signed Proclamation is being sent to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

See the below links for more information on Countywide community events celebrating Black History Month:

ASALH Announces 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War

2/17/18 Presentation at the San Mateo Public Library: "African Americans on the Railroad"

San Mateo County Libraries Celebrates Black History Month

San Mateo History Museum Exhibit "Noah's Ark: San Mateo County's Historic Restarant, on Display Now Through 4/15/2018

Hike through the Redwoods and Learn More about Sam McDonald’s Contributions

2/28/2018 Black History Month Silent Disco Event at the College of San Mateo