It’s the last day of Black History Month. Let’s keep the discussions going!

By Teresa Jenkins, Charlotte County Democrats Chair.

Black History Month is coming to a historic close with the nomination of the first Black woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the U.S. Supreme Court. As we celebrate the decision by President Biden to promote a Black woman to the highest judicial post in our nation, we reflect on the countless contributions Black women have made to our democracy since its inception. Women like Ida B. Wells, one of the early leaders of the civil rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer, an organizer of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter.

We are at a crossroads in Florida. Republican lawmakers are working tirelessly to ban discussions of Black history and other important subjects from our schools. They’re worried that these conversations might make students uncomfortable.

Regrettably, parts of our history should make people feel uncomfortable. By putting on rose-colored glasses, we’re not protecting students; we’re guaranteeing that history will repeat itself.

Your local Democratic Party is fighting to stop the WOKE Act, and will work like never before to elect a Democratic governor who can veto these hateful bills and advocate for our community.

We will not allow the country to forget about Black history until next February. Beginning in 2021, the Charlotte County Democratic Party has been committed to highlighting Black history throughout the year.  On March 10 at 3:00 p.m., we will host a presentation on the Ocoee Massacre, an incident of mass racial violence in the northern part of Ocoee, Florida in 1920. The esteemed director of the Blanchard House, Dr. Martha Bireda, will inform us about this attack on African American residents.


Twenty-eight days is too short for these conversations. Please join us on March 10.

Thank you for all that you do!

 Image Credits: Ida. B. Wells