PROCLAMATION ~ BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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P R O C L A M A T I O N

WHEREAS, the Diversity Committee at Edison Community College is committed to advancing the College’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess and cultivate diversity as both an institutional value and academic priority; and

WHEREAS, this event raises the fact that the battle for equality still lives on, let us take this month of February to recognize and raise awareness of Black History Month.  Let us honor those who went to great lengths to fight for the rights and equality that many enjoy today; not on the margins, but at the very center of American history; and

WHEREAS, our lives are very much different today; the City of Piqua, Edison Community College, and this world, is a much better place because of some of the individuals who have crossed this earth; and

WHEREAS, we are united as we all stand together and support each other as we include, accept and embrace the different cultures in this community; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Liz Stafford, a retired teacher in the City of Piqua, one of the founders of New Life Baptist Church in Troy, Ohio; founder of a youth program called N.U.B.I.A. (New Union of Blacks Improving America) and started a clothing business, which she used to help students with self-esteem issues.

WHEREAS, Mrs. Stafford has a wonderful philosophy which is summed up in one phrase… “If I can help one somebody, my life would not have been in vain.”

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as

BLACK HISTORY MONTH in the City of Piqua.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 29th day of February 2016.

          KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

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