Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement commemorating Black History Month.
“African Americans have made untold contributions to Nevada and the country. Black History Month memorializes centuries of accomplishments by African Americans in business, politics, education, science, and the arts. Nevada’s black community has a long history of shaping and strengthening our great state. From Nelson Stoutmeyer, who in 1872 successfully fought in court to allow his son to attend public school in Carson City, to Alice Key, whose long career included the role of deputy labor commissioner in Nevada, the Silver State’s black community has pushed for fairness and equality. I’m proud to celebrate the many achievements of African-descendant Nevadans and Americans across the country.”