Antioch Council honors Black History Month with proclamation

This year’s theme is focused on Black Health and Wellness

At the beginning of their regular meeting on Tuesday night, Feb. 14, 2023, the Antioch City Council unanimously approved a proclamation honoring February as Black History Month. Antioch resident Odessa LeFrancois, president and other members of the NAACP East County Branch accepted the proclamation.

Following is the complete text: City of Antioch Black History Month proclamation 021423




WHEREAS, Black History Month is observed in February of every year;

WHEREAS, the origins of Black History Month can be traced to 1915, half a century

after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States;

WHEREAS, the Black History Month 2023 theme focuses on the importance of Black Health

and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical

practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (for example,

doulas, midwives, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora.

The 2023 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that

Black communities have engaged in to achieve wellness;

WHEREAS, the achievements of African Americans in the Arts, Civil Rights, Education,

Entertainment, Government, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Military,

Music, Politics, Science, Sports, and other endeavors are recognized

and celebrated in the month of February;

WHEREAS, the observance of Black History Month calls our attention to the ongoing need

to build a community and society that live up to our collective democratic ideals;

WHEREAS, the City of Antioch continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community

in which all residents — past, present, and future — are respected and recognized

for their contributions and potential contributions to our community,

the state, the country, and the world; and

WHEREAS, the City of Antioch is proud to honor the history and contributions of

African Americans in our community, throughout our state, and nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAMAR A. THORPE, Mayor of the City of Antioch,

hereby proclaim February 2023 to be “BLACK HISTORY MONTH.” I encourage all citizens

to celebrate our diverse heritage and culture and to continue our efforts to create

a world that is more just, peaceful, and prosperous for all.

FEBRUARY 14, 2023

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