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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright today signed a proclamation recognizing Black History Month, an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the history and challenges faced by African Americans, and paying tribute to this community for its strength, perseverance, character, and contributions, all of which enrich our lives.
Mountlake Terrace has added this observance to its Diversity Calendar in 2022 as recommended by the city’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Black History Month is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and acknowledge the centuries of struggles for equality and freedom to celebrate the achievements and contributions that African Americans have made in shaping our society, our country and our local community.
Black History Month is a great time for the people of Mountlake Terrace to come together in the spirit of understanding and acknowledge that embracing our differences makes our city stronger as we work together for the benefit of all who live and work here.
“We want for our city’s Black, Indigenous, and people of color to know that they are welcome and safe here,” stated Community Relations Director/City Clerk Virginia Clough. “We’ve had tremendous contributions made by African Americans in Mountlake Terrace with many serving and leading on our boards, commissions, committees and also on the City Council. We encourage our BIPOC community to continue to be involved and engage with our city.”
This proclamation serves as a reminder that our differences are a strength and the more that everyone learns about each other, the more acceptance we gain which creates a safer and more welcoming place.
To participate in observing Black History Month, the Mountlake Terrace community is encouraged to visit www.asalh.org to learn more about the origins of the month, this year’s theme, African American history and special events including a virtual festival.