Washington, D.C.—Today, the Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project President and CEO, Mike Breen, issued the following statement honoring Black History Month:
“The Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project is proud to celebrate Black History Month this year by recognizing the achievements and milestones of African American trailblazers in the fields of foreign affairs, politics, policy, national security, energy, technology, and civil rights. It is more imperative now than ever to ensure that these accomplishments are recognized as a dynamic and successful part of the fabric of American culture.
“African Americans have long played major influential roles implementing U.S. foreign policy, and their contributions have too often been overlooked. Truman is proud to play a role in highlighting the many individuals whose contributions should no longer be forgotten, including the likes of former Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, abolitionist and diplomat Frederick Douglass, former Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown, and former National Security Advisor and Ambassador Susan Rice.
“Truman prides itself on being a community of inclusion—one that celebrates the diversity of our nation as a moral and strategic imperative that places us at the forefront of global and economic leadership. While Black History Month is traditionally a twenty eight day celebration, we, at Truman, will continue to recognize African American contributions to national security, foreign affairs, and our society as a whole throughout the rest of the year.”