2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 16, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Allen, Weatherston, Petryk,
Thiesfeldt, Mursau, Steffen, Murphy, Rodriguez, Quinn, Wichgers,
Horlacher, Tusler, Tranel, Edming, Snyder and Jacque. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR109,1,1 1Relating to: recognizing February 2018 as Black History Month.
AJR109,1,42 Whereas, Carter Godwin Woodson, an African American historian, author, and
3journalist, launched the celebration of “Negro History Week" in February 1926,
4which became the precursor to Black History Month; and
AJR109,1,65 Whereas, in 1976, during the United States Bicentennial celebration,
6President Gerald Ford declared February to be Black History Month; and
AJR109,1,87 Whereas, we use the month of February to remember the contributions and
8achievements of African Americans throughout our state's and nation's history; and
AJR109,1,129 Whereas, the Black History Month 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times
10of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles
11that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the
12present day; now, therefore, be it
AJR109,2,5 13Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
14Legislature recognizes the service and accomplishments of Wisconsin's own Major
15General Marcia Anderson, who has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal,

1the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with
2three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement
3Medal and in 2011 became the first black woman to achieve the federally recognized
4rank of major general in the United States Army, United States Army Reserve, or
5United States Army National Guard; and, be it further
AJR109,2,15 6Resolved, That the Wisconsin Legislature recognizes the bold leadership of
7Helen Barnhill, who passed away in 2016. Helen Barnhill was a black business
8executive, church leader, and community activist who was a Republican candidate
9for Congress and both a delegate and speaker at the Republican National Convention
10in 1988. A graduate of Marquette University and a single mom of seven, Helen
11Barnhill was organized and ambitious. Her service and career spanned from
12marching for school desegregation and civil rights in the 1960s, to serving on the
13National Women's Business Council, to being elected the highest-ranking, non-staff
14official for the United Church of Christ in 1983, to starting her own management
15consulting firm, to being a candidate for Congress; and, be it further
AJR109,2,17 16Resolved, That the Wisconsin Legislature recognizes February 2018 as Black
17History Month.
AJR109,2,1818 (End)