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March 4, 2014 > VTA celebrates Black History Month

VTA celebrates Black History Month

Submitted By Brandi Childress

In celebration of Black History Month, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) hosted an event on February 27, to recognize the contributions of African-American men and women to our community and nation. The event featured special guest Betty Reid Soskin, a 92-year-old National Park Service Ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II/Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond. Soskin, the oldest National Park Service ranger, is a prominent Bay Area resident who shared her stories of the African-American experience in World War II and throughout our recent American history.

ÒTo be living into a time when the nation is finally ready for conversations long silenced is a gift to be cherished,Ó Soskin said. ÒAfrican Americans have been associated with transportation in all of its forms for generations. IÕm honored to be participating in the making of history with those who are now helping to shape a new future after a long and troubled past.Ó

Black History Month dates back to 1926, when it began as a weeklong celebration each February. It was expanded in 1976 to encompass an entire month of national recognition of the accomplishments of African American men and women. Every year since then, each U.S. president has issued a proclamation in support of the month.

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