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Benton County Commissioners Commemorate Black History Month

The Benton County Commissioners acknowledged the significance of Black History Month Feb. 6 at the Kalapuya Building in Corvallis with a proclamation honoring the occasion. First Vice President of the Linn Benton The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Christopher Hughbanks, read the proclamation that recognized the invaluable contributions of African Americans throughout history.

“Black History Month provides a unique opportunity to celebrate and honor the invaluable contributions, achievements, resilience, and cultural heritage of African Americans, who have played a vital role in shaping the history and identity of the United States,” said Hughbanks while reading the proclamation.

The Linn Benton NAACP, serving as a local extension of the national organization, aligns its mission with the broader objectives of the NAACP. With a focus on promoting equality in political, educational, social, and economic spheres, the organization has been a driving force for change in the mid-Willamette Valley for over half a century.

In 2024, Black History Month highlights the rich and varied contributions of African Americans to music, literature, the visual arts, and all aspects of contemporary culture.

“Benton County is committed to fostering an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and recognizes the importance of promoting awareness and understanding of Black history,” said Hughbanks.

The commissioners echoed this sentiment, affirming Benton County’s commitment to cultivating an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.  As part of their commemoration of Black History Month, the Benton County Board of Commissioners urge residents to engage in learning, celebration, and reflection on the achievements and contributions of African Americans.

For a list of upcoming events celebrating Black History Month visit the NAACP Linn Benton Branch website

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