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California Legislators Celebrate Black History Month

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On February 6th, the State Senate and Assembly celebrated Black History Month. Legendary music producer Quincy Jones was honored as part of the celebration on the Senate Floor.

"Quincy Jones has contributed so much to American culture and art; it was a great pleasure to recognize his accomplishments," said Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod.

During Black History Month, we pay tribute to the contributions of past generations and reaffirm our commitment to keeping the American dream alive for the next generation. In 1976, as part of America's bicentennial celebration, Black History Month was officially recognized. But the origins of Black History Month date back to the 1920's when Dr. Carter Woodson, the son of a former slave and the second black person to earn a doctorate from Harvard, helped found Negro History Week.

The theme for this year's Black History Month is "Black Women in American Culture and History."

The theme was chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which urges all Americans to study and reflect on the value of their contribution to the nation.

As the only Latina in the State Senate, Senator Negrete McLeod understands the under representation of women in political office.

Today, a new generation of black women are leading the way and making their voices heard. In November of 2010, Kamala Harris won a hotly contested state-wide election to become the first woman and the first African American Attorney General in California history. Locally, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter is one of two African American women currently serving the State Assembly.

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