Honoring Black History Month

As we begin another extraordinary Black History Month, honoring our progress, our achievements, and the rich culture we celebrate and grow each year. From Florida icons like Mary McLeod Bethune, to national heroes who led the movement like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we celebrate those who have fought, bled and died for us in years past.

But we do not simply celebrate the heroes enshrined in monuments and statues — we celebrate the everyday heroes who are making progress in our communities. From the mother who works multiple jobs to make ends meet for her children, to the public school teacher who stays late to help tutor at-risk students, our state and communities are full of ordinary people who are creating a better future for our children.

We commit ourselves to building a more inclusive state, where our children are truly judged on the content of their character. We commit ourselves to a more inclusive world, where love and understanding drown out the forces of hatred and intolerance that have surged in recent years. And most of all, we commit ourselves to making sure our children are not fighting the same battles that our grandparents and parents did.

Black History Month is a celebration of all we have achieved — and a promise to build on that for a brighter future for our children and all those after us.