Two years after Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, those words of freedom were slow to reach the far southern state of Texas; June 19, 1865 marks the date Union forces reached Texas and emancipated enslaved African-Americans, and as such, presumptively ended slavery in the United States.
In my travels as a State Senator, it’s somewhat troubling to my spirit when I hear people damningly postulate about Black History Month being in the shortest month of the year and other arguments along this thread. It tells me that even though it has been in existence for almost 100 years; people still lack a comprehensive understanding of the purpose and power of this month-long focus. If so, not only would they appreciate the historical significance of it being celebrated in February but
With the national debate about voter rights making daily headline news, I cannot help but take a more than casual moment in contemplating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his 91st birthday. Now more than ever as we battle serious issues such as a global health pandemic, a crime epidemic, police brutality, the rollback of Civil Rights and voter rights legislation and high unemployment, it’s vital that we lean into Dr. King’s message of working together as he exhibited in his