County Commission Issues Black History Month Proclamation: Still No Local History
by BRUCE SEAMAN
The Marion County Commission on Tuesday, February 21 issued a Black History Month Proclamation. It was a slightly upgraded version of the “white-washed history” Proclamation which the Commission had presented to Bridges Project and Liberation Ocala African American Council prior to their February 7 meeting. Both groups found the re-write of the Proclamation unacceptable since it lacked any reference to local black history as both groups had originally proposed.
The Proclamation continued to lack any meaningful reference to black history in Marion County, a noteworthy absence since the Confederate History Month Proclamation of April, 2016 had plenty. This version of the County’s Proclamation did manage to add the word “struggle,” but nothing about the struggles faced; no historical references.
For video of the February 7 Commission meeting, and the texts of the Black History Month Proclamations from Bridges Project/Liberation Ocala and the Commission version, plus the Confederate History Month Proclamation text, click this link <http://marionbridges.com/2017/02/09/black-history-whitewashed-again-in-marion-county/> and scroll to the links in different parts of the post.
We haven’t taken the time to transcribe the text of the Proclamation, but we have the video. Click the video file link below and Commissioner Kathy Bryant will read it to you. Educator Anna DeWeese received the Proclamation on behalf of the Marion County School District which operates the Black History Museum at Howard Academy.