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Black History Month
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February 1, 2024

AS DELIVERED REMARKS

AMBASSADOR JONATHAN KAPLAN

FEBRUARY 1, 2024

Good Morning… And a happy (start to) Black History Month!

As you are all aware, today marks the first day of Black History Month… when we traditionally celebrate the many contributions of Black Americans to U.S. history, culture, and society.

February 1st in 1865, is also the date President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment – which legally abolished slavery and all involuntary servitude in the United States.

I’m glad to be with all of you all today as we… first the first time in our Embassy’s history… proudly fly the Black Lives Matter flag. This is a potent reminder of the U.S. commitment to addressing racism, to acknowledging the lasting impact of history and tragedy… And to celebrate the beginning of a month dedicated to the enduring contributions of Black Americans to our country.

The phrase “Black Lives Matter” has been the subject of some debate and even controversy in the United States, but over time the phrase has become a call to action. A call to mitigate racism and build a more equitable society, both in the United States and across the globe.

By flying the BLM flag, the Embassy affirms our commitment to reject racism and underscore the importance of inclusivity.

We do so in the same spirit as the country of Singapore celebrates its social harmony in its multi-ethnic society.

Thank you.