Photo: U.S. Embassy


Throughout the entire month of February — Black History Month in the United States — the U.S. Embassy in Mexico will be paying homage to that nation’s female lawmakers of color with a giant banner recognizing the 25 African-American women currently in Congress, including Vice President Kamal Harris, who now presides over the U.S. Senate.

Never before in U.S. history have so many Black women served in Congress.

Also, the 117th U.S. Congress has more female members than any previous congress in U.S. history, with women now making up over a quarter of its membership. Counting both the House of Representatives and the Senate, 144 of 539 all seats – 27 percent – are now held by women, with a record 120 women serving in the newly elected House and in the Senate, women holding 24 of 100 seats.

The embassy’s social media network will also honor Black History Month with content highlighting the contributions of African-Americans, both in the United States and abroad.

Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State University in Ohio in 1970, and, six years later, was declared a time of national observance by then-U.S. President Gerald Ford.

…Feb. 2, 2021

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