Washington, D.C. – Today, Nathalie Rayes, President and CEO of Latino Victory Project, the largest national organization dedicated to building Latino political representation, issued the following statement to honor the beginning of Black History Month:
“Latino Victory Project is proud to celebrate Black History Month and honor the Black community’s resistance to oppression throughout history. As Latinos, we must always remember that the civil rights we fought for and gained over the past decades arrived on the road paved by Black leaders who chose resistance in the face of oppression—systemic racism, discrimination, and violence.
“This year, we commit to protecting Black history at a time when politicians are filing laws to erase it and to honor the legacy of African American leaders in history by supporting the Black leaders of today who continue resisting oppression. We recommit to continuing the fight to protect and expand voting rights for communities of color, advocating for economic justice and reproductive freedom, and fighting against police brutality. This Black History Month and all year long, we commit to honoring Black history and uplifting Black leaders, including Afro-Latinos, whose fight for equality has helped create a stronger, more inclusive democracy.”