Black History Month is when we should reflect on the History of the African Diaspora, especially in how it relates to being an American.
Black History IS American History and thus should be part of robust history classes in elementary, middle, and high school, but also at Colleges and Universities. Learning about Black History is invaluable and helps us create a more inclusive and equitable country for all. Here are a few links to great books that relate to Black History!
There are many more great books out there and so many ways to learn Black History, not just in February but every month!
During this special session, we saw several bills pass, two of which I voted no on and even filed amendments to make better.
For HB 9B, I had concerns about the Governor (and any Governor, for that matter) appointing an entire board. In addition, this bill addresses an issue created because the Governor disagreed with a business's position on one of his bills.
We can't allow free speech to be threatened in this manner.
I've also had the opportunity to meet with many constituents and advocacy groups and discuss their priorities for the upcoming legislative session, and find out what is important to them. Some of these groups I met with in Tallahassee, and others came to our office in the district. I enjoy listening to the community's needs and finding ways to solve problems.
A few outlets picked up the Reedy Creek story and covered me and fellow Democrats.
You can read them here:
Hopefully, we will see you there!
As always, yours in service,