The Social Equity and Racial Justice Committee invites you to celebrate Black history month throughout the month of February. We honor and remember the Black Americans who contributed to the advancement of the United States as well as its culture. Despite the attempt to strip the culture of our African American ancestors, taken and brought here to work against their will, their African history and culture persevered and influenced a new country that treated Black American as less than.
Consider learning more about the history of Black Americans and read ‘The 1619 Project’ published by the New York Times Magazine. This excellent piece requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.
We honor the Black Americans that are here today and continue to fight for the equality of future generations. We acknowledge that the City of Ashland has not always been responsive in creating a diverse and inclusive space for Black Americans in this community. And, while Ashland has its racists past, we believe that it will not affect the melting pot we want for tomorrow. Black history is American history and should be treated as such. Our committee, appointed by the Ashland City Council, will continue to strive for equity, diversity, and racial justice for all people in Ashland.