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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Black History Month
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
February 21, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Crowley, Fields, Young,
Anderson, Bowen, Zamarripa, Shankland, Ohnstad, Vruwink, Horlacher,
Goyke, Hebl, Milroy, Kooyenga, Kessler, Pope, Spreitzer, Berceau,
Subeck, Spiros, Tusler, Riemer, Kolste and Zepnick, cosponsored by
Senators L. Taylor, Johnson, Shilling, Miller, Wirch, Erpenbach,
Vinehout, Risser and Ringhand. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR112,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming February 2018 as Black History Month.
AJR112,1,42 Whereas, the United States has recognized black history annually since
3February 12, 1926, first as “Negro History Week" and later as “Black History Month,"
4launched by noted Harvard scholar and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson; and
AJR112,1,75 Whereas, the earliest record of African Americans in Wisconsin comes from a
61725 speech by a chief of the Illinois Indians, in which he said “a negro belonging to
7Monsieur de Boisbriant" at Green Bay; and
AJR112,1,108 Whereas, African Americans have been living and working in Wisconsin since
9the 18th century, and records of their baptisms, marriages, and burials indicate that
10they were woven into the fabric of early life in the state; and
AJR112,2,411 Whereas, Africans Americans have demonstrated a dogged persistence to
12secure the right to vote and fair and open housing; last year, Wisconsin

1commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Open Housing Marches, in which
2former Secretary of State and then Alderwoman Vel Phillips, Father James E.
3Groppi, and the NAACP Youth Council marched for 200 consecutive days to secure
4fair housing legislation; and
AJR112,2,115 Whereas, African Americans in Wisconsin such as Eugene Kane, Mikel Holt,
6and Jerrel Jones (Journalism and Media), Martha Love (Civic Engagement and
7Business), Melissa Goins and Kalan Haywood (Construction), Jack Daniels III
8(Education), Rev. Alex Gee (Faith), Maurice Cheeks (Tech), Valerie Daniels-Carter
9(Business), Ismael Ozanne (Legal), Clayborn Benson III (History), Dr. Lester Carter
10(Health), and Mahlon Mitchell (First Responders) have made measurable
11differences in their respective industries; and
AJR112,2,1712 Whereas, it is important to recognize the work of these leaders, and it is equally
13critical to appreciate the long list of contributions, both past and present, of our
14fellow citizens; Black History Month gives Wisconsinites an occasion to recognize the
15significant influence people of African heritage have made, and continue to make, in
16the areas of medicine, art, politics, human rights, education, sports, and economic
17development; now, therefore, be it
AJR112,2,21 18Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
19Legislature recognizes February 2018 as Black History Month and extends thanks
20and praise to the above-named persons for their contributions to the state of
21Wisconsin and their fellow citizens.
AJR112,2,2222 (End)