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Mayor Bass’ Statement in Honor of Black History Month 2024

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass today issued the following statement after delivering remarks recognizing African American History Month in Los Angeles at a City Council presentation.

“As Black History Month begins, we celebrate and honor the legacy of the Black community in Los Angeles and across the country. 

“We have much to celebrate in the economic, cultural, political and artistic contributions of Black Angelenos, whose efforts continue to change the American landscape. From Biddy Mason, who sued for her freedom and became a prominent citizen and landowner in Los Angeles in the 1850s and 1860s, to historian Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, to Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’ first Black mayor, who brought the Summer Olympics to L.A. 40 years ago, America’s past, present and potential future have been profoundly shaped by Black leaders. 

“As we celebrate Black History Month, let us honor the legacy of resilience and entrepreneurship within the African American community by supporting Black-owned businesses throughout the city, including the vibrant neighborhoods of View Park-Windsor Hills, Gramercy Park, Leimert Park, Manchester Square and Arleta. Their success is the city’s success, and by uplifting these businesses, we enrich the entire fabric of Los Angeles. 

“However, even in Los Angeles, we still face challenges, including acts of hate and violence directed at African Americans. Los Angeles and the nation must stand together to speak out against hate and declare unequivocally: These acts are wrong. They are un-American. And they must stop. 

“The City of Los Angeles will continue to honor the history made by the Black Americans in the African American community and the good and necessary work to achieve racial justice and equity within the city.”