WEB EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Jefferson remembers
State Rep. Chuck Jefferson (D-Rockford) is celebrating this month in honor of African-American History Month.
February is a very special month, Jefferson said. Its a time to pay tribute to those African-Americans who have contributed so much to our great nation. The black community has struggled to overcome great obstacles.
Officially observed in 1976, recognition of Black History Month began with Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson who, in 1915, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and established the first Negro History Week. Since then, our nation has designated this month as a time to remember great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and so many more. They broke down barriers and are role models for all of todays leaders.
I am inspired and in awe of the contributions African-Americans have made to so many fields, including science, politics, history, music and art, Jefferson said. I am proud of our history and grateful to the pioneers of this community who have made it possible for me to serve in the General Assembly today. I am glad the world has a chance to see all that African-Americans have accomplished.
Chuck Jefferson represents the 67th district, which includes the city of Rockford, and parts of Cherry Valley and Rockford Township.