Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today released the following statement on the first day of Black History Month:
“During Black History Month, we celebrate and recognize the immense contributions African-Americans have made to Nevada and to our entire country. Our state has been fortunate to have many brave men and women fight for change through courageous actions. They’ve battled discrimination to reform the gaming industry by integrating the Las Vegas Strip and ensuring black entertainers can rent a room at the same establishments at which they perform. These civic heroes have sought a better future for their families, neighbors and communities, and they’ve pushed boundaries to create new possibilities.
“Nevada has been shaped by these men and women, but the causes for which our state and country’s black leaders fought are still pressing. As we renew our efforts during Black History Month to achieve a greater understanding and equality for all people, let us be inspired by those who have struggled for justice and have not given up.”