FDA Celebrates Black History Month
On Tuesday, Feb. 19 I was the keynote speaker for the Black History Month Celebration at the Federal Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, MD in Montgomery County. The theme for the speech “At the Crossroads of Freedom celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
I wanted to compare where we were 150 years ago to where we are today. 150 years ago African Americans received their freedom through the Emancipation Proclamation. 50 years ago the demands of the March on Washington were the passage of meaningful civil rights legislation, the elimination of racial segregation in public schools, protection for demonstrators against police brutality, a major public works program to provide jobs, the passage of a law prohibiting racial discrimination in public and private hiring, a $2 an hour minimum wage, and self government for the District of Columbia. Since then much has been accomplished but there is still work to be done. The speech was viewed in the FDA headquarters and regional offices throughout the U.S.