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President and First Lady Obama Proclaim Black History Month a Celebration of Women

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(AllHipHop News) As he does each year, President Barack Obama recently signed a proclamation commemorating February as “African American History Month.” This year, the Obama Adminstration has decided to celebrate via the theme, “Black Women in American Culture and History.”

The White House recently issued a special video message from one of the country’s most successful Black women – the First Lady herself, Mrs. Michelle Obama. Check out the video below where she talks about the “heroes” among Black women:

Read an excerpt of the First Lady’s message below, and visit the official White House blog HERE:

“This is a time when we honor the rich legacy of African Americans throughout our nation’s history, and this year, our national theme focuses on the unique contributions of African-American women.

They’re heroes like Sojourner Truth … Harriet Tubman … Dorothy Height … Rosa Parks … Maya Angelou. They’re women who fought against slavery … stood up for women’s suffrage … and marched in the streets for our civil rights.  They’ve broken boundaries … stirred our souls … and opened our hearts.

But we all know that you don’t have to be in a history book to make a contribution to our country.  So we’re also celebrating the women we call mom or grandma. We’re celebrating our aunts … our best friends … all those women who live each da with a spirit that is uniquely their own, and who continue to write our country’s story every single day.”

Photo Source: PBS NewsHour

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