Last month, a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center concluded that only 8 percent of U.S. high school seniors could identify slavery as the principal cause of the Civil War. 48 percent of these high school seniors responded that protests against taxes are what led to the bloody conflict that pitted the North against the South.

With these facts as the backdrop, it is more important than ever to spend this month as a time to reflect upon the history and accomplishments of African Americans in our nation’s history. Black History Month, celebrated throughout the month February, is a time to contemplate the contributions that African Americans have made to the economy and cultural institutions of our society. These contributions touch on the advancement of science, medicine, manufacturing, literature, music, and other developments that have improved the lives of all Americans.

This Black History Month, our members will be reflecting on these contributions from notable Hoosiers and those from across the country. We hope you will also explore our nation’s history this month. State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) will be sharing information on his Facebook page about notable Hoosiers being celebrated this month.