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Black History Month Presentation
Posted on 02/24/2021
Black History Month Presentation

Todd Scott, chairman of the Statesville Chapter of the NAACP, (left) was presented a proclamation by Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh, recognizing February as Black History Month.

As part of the presentation, Kutteh also told Scott “there is no Statesville history without our Black history”.

Standing with the Mayor and Mr. Scott are Council member Doris Allison, Police Chief David Allison and Council member Frederick Foster.

The first African-American to serve on Statesville City Council was A.E. (Pete) Peterson in 1985.  Since that time, the following African-American citizens have also served: Willie Williams, Flake Huggins, Keith Williams, Jarrod Phifer, Allison and Foster.

The Proclamation:

City of Statesville, North Carolina
Office of the Mayor
Proclamation

Black History Month 2021

WHEREAS: During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development; and

WHEREAS: Black History Month grew out of the establishment, in 1926, of Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; and

WHEREAS: the 2021 national theme for the observance is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” to focus on and explore the complexity and dynamic of African American families and their stories throughout history; and

WHEREAS: the observance of Black History Month calls our attention to the continued need to battle racism and build a society that lives up to its democratic ideals; and

WHEREAS: the City of Statesville continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community in which all citizens—past, present, and future—are respected and recognized for their contributions and potential contributions to our community, the state, the country, and the world.

NOW, THEREFORE, in recognition of African Americans – past and present – in our community I, Constantine H. Kutteh, Mayor of the City of Statesville, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim February 2021 to be Black History Month and I encourage all citizens to celebrate our diverse heritage and culture, and continue our efforts to create a world that is more just, peaceful, and prosperous for all.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have set my Hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Statesville to be affixed this 1st day of February 2021.                                                                       

Constantine H. Kutteh, Mayor