SCDP Chair Jaime Harrison’s Statement on Black History Month
Columbia, SC – South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement in recognition of Black History Month.
“Every February, we pause and take time to pay tribute to the African-American artists, authors, musicians, scientists and leaders who have made our country what it is today. As the first African-American Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, I recognized that my path has been plowed because of the accomplishments of South Carolinians like the Friendship 9, Sarah Mae Flemming, Harvey Gantt, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, Earl Middleton, the petitioners of Briggs v. Elliott and countless others. Their contributions to the fabric of our state and our nation are immeasurable.
“But as we pay tribute, we also know that it isn’t enough to honor these men and women for just one month. This month and every day we should reflect upon the contributions and sacrifices of African-Americans by not only celebrating achievements, but continuing our pursuit of equality and justice for all.
“We must not only look at the history that has been made, but the history we are making each and every day. This past year, we came together as a state to remove a symbol of racism and hatred from our statehouse grounds. It is that same commitment to coming together on behalf of the greater good—a desire to ensure a better life for all Americans, regardless of skin color—that allows us to press forward in pursuit of true equality. As we reflect upon our nation’s history—one that is inextricably tied to the African-American experience—let us learn from the past to shape our future.”