Rep. Johnson, Sen. Cardin introduce ‘International Decade for People of African Descent’ resolution

Lawmakers’ bill reaffirms the commitment of Congress to combat racism, discrimination, and intolerance in the United States and around the globe.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of Black History Month, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Senator Ben Cardin (MD) introduced a resolution today calling on Congress to designate January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2024, as the “International Decade for People of African Descent.”

Johnson filed his resolution ­– H. Res. 120 – in the House, and Sen. Cardin introduced a corresponding resolution in the Senate. The resolution now goes to the Foreign Affairs Committee for consideration.

Johnson said the purpose of his resolution is to engage governments and societies across the globe join together with people of African descent to promote respect, protection, and work toward the fulfilment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“I am pleased to work with Senator Cardin,” said Johnson. “He has been a dedicated defender of human rights, and civil rights and a strong voice in the Senate against racism and discrimination.”

“This resolution acts as a marker, urging governments and people across the globe to promote the history and heritage of people of African descent so that they might rightfully take their place on the world’s stage,” said Johnson. “It will act as a platform so that we can develop and launch strategies to address racial disparities in justice, wealth, education, employment, health, housing and development.”

Original cosponsors in the House include:  Representatives John Lewis, Alcee Hastings, Charles B. Rangel, John Conyers, Jr., Gregory Meeks, Alan Grayson, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Elijah Cummings, Shelia Jackson-Lee, Donald Payne Jr., Zoe Lofgren, Jose Serrano, James McGovern, Al Green, and Karen Bass, ranking member of the subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

To read the resolution, click HERE.

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