Slaughter Urges Residents to Recognize Black History Month

CHICAGO, IL – Recognizing the rich history of African American activists, athletes and political figures from Illinois, State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is urging Illinois residents to attend local events and participate in Black History Month activities.


“Illinois has an extended list of influential figures from the Black community who have greatly impacted our state and this country,” Slaughter said. “Growing up in Chicago, it was inspirational to see men and women who looked like me serving in public service or on television living out their dreams. I hope that all residents take the time to attend a local program or learn more about the historical figures who came from our great state.”


Black History Month aims to give residents an opportunity to reflect on the contributions that the African American community has made to America. Each week during the month of February, the Illinois General Assembly will recognize a historical member of the African American community who is originally from Illinois.


Locally, the Chicago Public Library will be hosting events all month long highlighting many people from different eras.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit


“Black History Month deserves to be an essential part of the education of our children,” Slaughter said. “Our past made us who we are today, and by recognizing that past we can build a better present and a better future.”


For more information, please contact Slaughter’s constituent service office at 773-445-9700