Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

The African American Children's Book Project and book experience is one of my favorite activities of the year, in that it symbolizes everything that I love, books and reading, children and books, and reading and children. And I think Maya Angelou captures the value of reading the best when I read through a number of quotes, if you would. Maya Angelou said, Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his or her deep and continuing needs, it's good for them.

And so with that, it's a wonderful pleasure to bring to you once again Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati honoring the African American Children's Book Project on the occasion of the 22nd Annual African American Children's Book Fair.

Whereas, in 1926, noted historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be Negro History Week; and

Whereas, the second week in February was chosen because of the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Little known history fact.

Whereas, the first Black History Month celebration occurred at Kent State in February 1970, and in 1976, the federal government acknowledged the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month; and

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