Arizona Governor Recognizes Black History Month

PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed February 2022 to be Black History Month in Arizona to pay tribute to the achievements and contributions of our state’s African American community.

“Throughout Black History Month we will recognize the countless ways the African American community has influenced Arizona and the entire nation,” said Governor Ducey.  “We will honor civil rights leaders by treating one another with respect and judging people on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”

Black History Month was established in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford and has since been recognized by every U.S. President.  Governor Ducey has issued a total of seven Black History Month proclamations.

Arizona’s history is full of leaders ahead of their time who have worked to ensure all Arizonans have equal rights. Trailblazers including Calvin C. Goode, the second African American elected to the Phoenix City Council in 1971, and champions of equality like Lincoln and Eleanor Ragsdale, who won their case against segregation a year before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education.  Today, we have modern day heroes like Janelle Wood, who founded the Black Mothers Forum to create new and adaptive learning models where students can receive personalized support.

View a PDF of the proclamation HERE.