Communications Program Manager
. – During their Tuesday, February 4 meeting, the City of Kirkland proclaimed February as Black History Month in Kirkland.
The proclamation read by Councilmember Amy Falcone stated that Black History Month is an important opportunity to acknowledge that Black History is American history. It went on to acknowledge and reject the long history of institutional and structural racism toward African Americans in the United States, which has resulted in socioeconomic and other inequities that persist to this day.
The proclamation also shared that the City of Kirkland is currently undertaking proactive measures including the 2020 community learning series called “Kirkland Talks Racism,” meant to respond to expressed concerns that People of Color in general, and Black people, in particular, have lived experiences of an unwelcoming and inequitable community, with the goal of increasing community learning about those topics to contribute to People of Color feeling more welcome and safe, in Kirkland.
The proclamation ended by encouraging all Kirkland community members to join us in our community learning series, because by coming together we can do the work needed to create the change in our souls and in our lives that is necessary to create the beloved community envisioned by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. More information about the learning series can be found on the City website at http://bit.ly/2WelcomingKirkland