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Mayor Proclaims February as Black History Month in Norman

Mayor Proclaims February as Black History Month in Norman

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During Tuesday’s regular Council Meeting, Mayor Breea Clark issued a proclamation designating February as Black History Month in Norman and encouraged Norman residents to participate in programs, ceremonies and activities designed to educate, celebrate and recognize the many contributions of our African American citizens.

“Over the past year the ongoing issue of racial inequality and the equity work yet to be accomplished has been brought to the forefront here and across the nation. It is important for our entire community to learn and grow together for a prosperous future. Actively recognizing and celebrating Black History Month is one of the many ways we can keep that discussion moving forward and continue the progress we have made,” said Mayor Breea Clark.

This year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has selected the theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” to emphasize the foundation of African American life and history, and underscore how the black family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.

To commemorate Black History Month, the City of Norman has established a Black History Month page on the city website for the month of February, in partnership with various Norman organizations, and will be posting regular social media posts focused on different aspects of African American history.

“We, at the City of Norman, want to be intentional about our commitment to Diversity & Equity.  It was important to create a space where those visiting the City of Norman would find a visible symbol for Black History Month community engagement, educational opportunities, and advocacy.  We hope this site serves as a resource for anyone to use,” said Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Cinthya Allen.

For updates on the city’s ongoing Black History Month activities, please visit the City of Norman website and follow the City of Norman Facebook page.

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