February 1, 2021 Press Releases

Release: The Arizona Democratic Party Observes Black History Month After A Historic Year Of Loss And Promise

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 1, 2021
Contact: Matt Grodsky, mgrodsky@azdem.org

Release: The Arizona Democratic Party Observes Black History Month After A Historic Year Of Loss And Promise

“This past year has been a paradox. We experienced immense loss and miraculous triumph. We saw communities of color devastated disproportionately by a pandemic while at the same time we answered the call of history when the first black woman was nominated as the Vice Presidential candidate for a major political party.

“We felt crushing injustice for Breonna Taylor and witnessed the murder of George Floyd, but we saw resilience in the streets as the world stood up to call for an end to systemic racism and proclaimed in one voice that Black Lives Matter.

“We lost a titan in Congressman John Lewis but gained an icon in Vice President Kamala Harris.

“We said goodbye too soon to superheroes like Chadwick Boseman the Black Panther, but we said hello to a new superhero with the election of a civil servant and now Senator, Raphael Warnock.

“This past year was certainly a paradox. But it embodied the American enigma – great tragedy amidst great promise. Due in no small part to the tireless work of Democrats, black organizers, and Americans across this country, our better angels have prevailed amidst injustice and darkness.

“So as we begin Black History Month in 2021 with a new Presidential Administration and a Democratically controlled Congress, Arizona Democrats stand with our black brothers and sisters as we continue the journey towards the promise of a better America, a fairer Arizona, and a brighter future. The work goes on.”

African American Outreach Manager Michael Ruff stated the following: 

“In 2020 African Americans delivered the Presidency for Joe Biden and Vice President Harris. Despite all the odds, we got this country back on track. But the work must go on. The Arizona Democratic Party has not skipped a beat and knows we must continue to build on our momentum so that a more equitable future can be realized. African Americans are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and it is never too late to get involved as we work to move Arizona forward.”

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