Voice Online, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, U.S. House of RepresentativesThe Congressional Black Caucus, 1971. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The Valley Chronicle decided to kick off Black History Month by honoring the Congressional Black Caucus, the late-great Hugh Masekela and Dr. Mae Jemison. According to History.com, “President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”’ Every president since Ford has designated February as Black History Month. The Congressional Black Caucus The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) took a steadfast stand of “no” on
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