2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
March 1, 2021 - Introduced by Representatives Stubbs, Bowen, Haywood, L.
, Baldeh, Drake, Moore Omokunde, Shankland, Milroy, Hebl, S.
, Andraca, Snodgrass, Ohnstad, Vruwink, Pope, Ortiz-Velez,
Doyle, Hesselbein, Neubauer, Subeck, Hong, Cabrera, Spreitzer, Shelton,
Anderson, Riemer, Goyke, Vining, Brostoff, Conley, McGuire and Emerson,
cosponsored by Senators Johnson, Carpenter, Smith, Agard, Wirch,
Ringhand, Erpenbach, Roys and Larson. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR10,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming February 2021 as Black History Month.
AJR10,1,42 Whereas, Black History Month provides a deliberate opportunity to reflect on
3the common humanity underlying all people and to raise awareness and foster
4respect for the heritage and contributions of people of African descent; and
AJR10,1,105 Whereas, this year marks over 400 years since the arrival of enslaved Africans
6in Virginia. The existence of Africans in North America can be traced back to 1525,
7and through 1866 the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is estimated to have ensnared
8more than 12 million African people, with an estimated 10 million surviving the
9unconscionable Middle Passage, landing in North America, the Caribbean, and
10South America; and
AJR10,1,1311 Whereas, Wisconsin history first references African descendants in a speech
12given in 1725 by a chief of the Illinois Indians, in which he said, “a negro belonging
13to Monsieur de Boisbriant" at Green Bay; and
AJR10,2,214 Whereas, the United States has recognized black history annually since
15February 12, 1926, first as “Negro History Week" and later as “Black History Month,"

1by noted Harvard scholar and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, celebrating the
2ethnic and racial diversity that enriches and strengthens our nation; and
AJR10,2,73 Whereas, both enslaved and free people of African descent have participated in
4every aspect of America's effort to secure, protect, and advance the cause of freedom
5and civil rights, and have stories that are an inspiration to all citizens, that reflect
6the triumph of the human spirit, and offer the hopes of everyday people to rise above
7both prejudice and circumstance and to build lives of dignity; and
AJR10,2,98 Whereas, people of African descent or African Americans have made
9measurable differences in their respective industries, such as:
AJR10,2,10 10Professional trailblazers
AJR10,2,11 11Naomi Carter—first African American nurse in Madison;
AJR10,2,13 12Grant Gordon—first African American principal in Milwaukee and is active
13in the NAACP;
AJR10,2,15 14Dr. Kwasi Obeng—first African American to serve as chief of staff for the
15Madison Common Council;
AJR10,2,17 16Judson Walter Minor Jr.—first Black police officer to serve in the Milwaukee
17Police Department;
AJR10,2,19 18Vernice E Chenault Gallimore—first Black police woman to serve in the
19Milwaukee Police Department;
AJR10,2,20 20community leaders
AJR10,2,21 21Linda Hoskins—former NAACP of Madison president;
AJR10,2,23 22Sabrina Madison—Black Women's Wellness pioneer of change in Black
23Women's Health and Black Women's Leadership Development;
AJR10,2,25 24John Givens III—NAACP Youth Council advisor and chair of the Milwaukee
25Council on Racial Equality;
1Ali Muldrow—Madison School Board member;
AJR10,3,3 2Torre Johnson Sr.—founder of X-Men United and community and youth
AJR10,3,5 4Gab Taylor—cofounder of Program the Parks and member of Standing Up for
5Racial Justice MKE;
AJR10,3,6 6Amani Latimer Burris—small business owner and journalist;
AJR10,3,7 7Detria Hassel—former Health Committee chair, NAACP of Madison;
AJR10,3,8 8activists and organizations
AJR10,3,10 9Khalil Coleman—law enforcement reform activist, founder of CLTC, and
AJR10,3,12 11Vaun Mayes—Milwaukee community activist and founder of Parks MKE, a
12nonprofit organization;
AJR10,3,17 13The People's Revolution—Black Lives Matter and government
14accountability organization; a global network that builds power to bring justice,
15healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe, whose activism includes
16marching for over 250 consecutive days, the most since the civil rights and fair
17housing movements of the 1960s;
AJR10,3,19 18Tory Lowe—Wisconsin community activist and member of the Speaker's Task
19Force on Racial Disparities;
AJR10,3,21 20Tracey Dent—activist, Coalition Against Hate, and CEO of the Peace for
21Change Alliance;
AJR10,3,23 22Rebecca Burrell—Wisconsin community activist and member of the
23Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities;
AJR10,3,24 24Mattie Reese—community activist;
AJR10,3,25 25Sadie Pearson—grassroots community activist;
AJR10,4,3 2Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron—professional baseball player for the Milwaukee
3Braves and Brewers;
AJR10,4,4 4religious leader
AJR10,4,6 5Dr. Apostle Bishop Godfrey A. Stubbs—Senior Pastor of End Times
6Ministries International;
AJR10,4,7 7government officials
AJR10,4,9 8Vice President Kamala Devi Harris—first woman and African American
9vice president of the United States;
AJR10,4,11 10Stacey Yvonne Abrams—American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist,
11and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives;
AJR10,4,12 12victims and families of police brutality
AJR10,4,16 13Jacob Blake Jr., Jacob Blake Sr., and Justin Blake—a Black father of
14three who was shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha police officer in front of his
15children, and his father and uncle, who have taken on public advocacy roles for police
AJR10,4,19 17Tony Robinson—an unarmed 19-year-old Madison young Black man who
18was killed by Madison police during a “check person” call placed by his concerned
19friends and bystanders;
AJR10,4,21 20Alvin Cole—a 17-year-old Black teenager who was shot and killed by
21Wauwatosa police while on his hands and knees;
AJR10,4,23 22Sylville Smith—a 23-year-old Black father of one who was shot in the back
23and killed by Milwaukee police following a traffic stop for “suspicious behavior”;
1Dontre Hamilton—an unarmed 31-year-old Black Milwaukee man with
2mental illness who was shot 14 times and killed by Milwaukee police after being
3checked on three times in one day for sleeping in a park;
AJR10,5,6 4Jay Anderson, Jr.—a 25-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by
5Wauwatosa police during an after-hours loitering check after being woken up from
6trying to sleep off intoxication in his car;
AJR10,5,9 7Daniel Bell—a 22-year-old Black Milwaukee man who was shot and killed by
8Milwaukee police following a traffic stop in 1958. Milwaukee police planted a knife
9on Bell's body at the scene and attempted to cover up the shooting for decades;