The Dane County Board of Supervisors recognized February 2020 as Black History Month at their meeting on Thursday night with a resolution that raises awareness and fosters respect for the heritage and contributions of people of African descent.

The resolution approved by the Board notes that both enslaved and free people of African descent have participated in every aspect of America’s effort to secure, protect, and advance the cause of freedom and civil rights and have stories that are an inspiration to all citizens.

“I am honored to have been able to share this resolution with the Dane County Board. We need to continue to shine a light on the contributions of people of African descent or African Americans,” said Supervisor Shelia Stubbs (District 23) in a statement.

Stubbs also serves as the Dane County’s first black lawmaker in the Wisconsin Legislature.

“This is not only a resolution recognizing those that have had a significant contribution – this is a resolution to recognize all people of African descent or African Americans,” Stubbs added.

Black History Month has been recognized in the United States annually since February 12, 1926.