Today marks the first day of Black History Month, a time when we come together as a nation to celebrate the rich history and many contributions of African Americans. We stand on the shoulders of giants and continue to make great progress. We have a shared responsibility to continue the legacy of our predecessors who overcame many challenges and sacrificed their dreams to make our dreams possible. As we reflect, let us also recognize the history being made today. I had the distinct honor of serving under the first African American President and have continued my service as a New York State Assemblymember fighting for issues that are important to the African American community. We have made great strides nationally and also here in our great city, where we have the first African American Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Public Advocate of NYC, Brooklyn Borough President and female Bronx District Attorney. Everyday, we are making Black History, but, we take time to especially reflect and celebrate Black History Month.