By | February 3, 2020

Raleigh

Today Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed February as Black History Month in North Carolina.

“Every February we celebrate African Americans who have helped shape and strengthen North Carolina and who changed the course of American history,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a time for us to honor their work and sacrifice by committing to continue their fight for equality and justice.”

On Saturday, Governor Cooper spoke at an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins. The gathering was hosted by International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro as it marks its 10th anniversary this year.

The “Greensboro Four” sat at a ‘white’s-only’ lunch counter sixty years ago to peacefully protest inequality and discrimination. Their bravery is a milestone in North Carolina and U.S. history, and helped change the landscape of the civil rights movement.

To read the proclamation, click HERE.

To learn more about ways North Carolina is honoring Black History Month, click HERE.