South San Francisco, CA February 3, 2021 Submitted by City of South San Francisco
Members of the South San Francisco City Council today raised the Black Lives Matter flag at City Hall in a socially distanced recognition of Black History Month. Every February, people across the nation come together for events and activities to celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity,” encourages all of us to honor and deepen our knowledge of the history and contributions of African Americans and people of African descent.
“The City of South San Francisco continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community in which all citizens – past, present, and future – are respected and recognized for their contributions to our community, the state, the country, and the world,” said Mayor Addiego.
Photo Credit: Councilmember Eddie Flores
Part of becoming an inclusive community includes the formation of the South San Francisco Racial and Social Equity Commission, last June. The commission aims to proactively advance equity in the City’s internal and external processes, as well as to recommend policy and program changes to overcome institutional inequities in education, policing, healthcare, and other social services.
“We celebrate the contributions of the Black community made in the face of pervasive institutionalized racism,” said the City of South San Francisco’s newly-elected Councilmember James Coleman. “The City of South San Francisco will continue to work for justice and systemic change in our community.”
While this year’s activities may look a bit different due to COVID-19, there are many activities throughout the Bay Area that are taking place virtually to celebrate Black History Month. In addition to flying the Black Lives Matter flag at City Hall, residents and visitors will see street banners displayed celebrating Diversity along Grand and Linden Avenues. The City also encourages you to celebrate Black History Month with stories by and about Black Americans, available through the public library. In addition to thousands of books and movies, the library’s website offers reading and viewing guides about Black History to help you find your next story. Access the library’s digital collections at ssf.net/library. Don’t have a library card? Apply for your South San Francisco Public Library card here: https://www.ssf.net/departments/library/get-a-library-card
The City is also conducting a social media campaign on Facebook throughout the month of February. Each week the City is focusing on a different theme: Black History Milestones, Major Speeches in Black History, Great African American Authors, and Black Americans You Don’t Know But Should.
to read this year’s Black History Month proclamation, which was read during the January 27 City Council meeting via zoom
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