Travis County

Agenda Item

Approve proclamation recognizing February 2019 as “Black History Month” in Travis County. (Commissioner Travillion)


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Meeting History

Feb 12, 2019 9:00 AM Video Commissioners Court Voting Session
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MOTION: Approve Item 4.

MOVER:Jeffrey W. Travillion Sr, Commissioner
SECONDER:Margaret J. Gómez, Commissioner
AYES:Sarah Eckhardt, Jeffrey W. Travillion Sr, Brigid Shea, Gerald Daugherty, Margaret J. Gómez


Feb 12, 2019 9:00 AMVideo (Windows Media) MP4 VideoCommissioners CourtVoting Session

11:29 AMCapture that tax value and invest it in public infrastructure like a green line rather than preserve even -- preferential for a tax district. What a study results reveal on that and that's one of the things the study will be contemplating.
We appreciate the support. This is no county money. This is the federal transit administration planning process and we'll be very forward looking -- looking forward to your staff when we have more information and you can have a more rebust conversation from them.
It's great to see you, mayor. It's always a pleasure to have you here. And we'll keep working on this stuff.
Absolutely. thank you so much.
11:30 AMAnd congratulations on getting the federal funds to do it.

11:30 AMWe have a couple of really wonderful proclamations today. The first being agenda item number 4, which is approve a proclamation recognizing February 2019 as black history month in travis county. Commissioner Travillion, would you read the proclamation?
I have water so I can make it through.
Okay. that's wonderful. Here we go.
Each February tract and the austin independent school district proudly recognize black history month by proclaiming african-american history is also american history. And that we proudly highlight notable african-americans and events that have shaped american history and contributed to american culture. And whereas black history month begun by historian carder woodson in February 1926 as negro history week is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who in the face of hatred, legal barriers and physical danger accepted that the work of perfecting our nation is unending and strive to expand the reach of freedom and the promise of america to all. Whereas black history month pays tribute to countless brave citizens all across our country who stood up and sat in to help right the wrongs of our past and extend the promise of america to all people. And whereas from the revolutionary war through the abolitionist movement to marches from selma to montgomery and across america today, african-americans have remained devoted to the proposition that all of us are created equal even when our own rights and opportunities were denied. And whereas as we rejoice in the victories won by men and women who believed in the idea of a just and fair america, we remember that throughout history our successes have been driven by bold individuals who are willing to speak out and challenge the status quo. And whereas our responsibility as travis county elected officials, employees and citizens is to address the even equities and injustices that linger and to continue to secure freedom, justice and opportunity for all people. As we celebrate black history month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of african-americans and others and let us resolve to continue our March today -- to a day whenever person experiences the in alienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. And whereas travis county has taken great care to benefit from its african-american citizens and residents and whether their service has been in vital roles in elected office, service clubs, business, community organizations, and at the county government level, african-american contributions have been long standing and historic. Whereas this year on sunday, February 17 at 3:00 p. M. At the aisd performing arts center, the austin independent school district will sponsor its 36th annual african-american heritage celebration with the theme #aisd proud and honor those who have made positive contributions to aisd and travis county communities. Now therefore be it proclaimed that we, the travis county commissioners court, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2019 as black history month in travis county and urge all public officials and all citizens of travis county to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions of african-americans and to urge all to participate in the aisd celebration in appreciation of african-american history. Whew!
11:34 AMSecond.
Second by Commissioner Gomez. That was a beautiful reading. Every February it's such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this aspect of our heritage, this aspect of our history, but not only to celebrate, but also to take an unflinching look back at where we have been and celebrate where we have gotten to and rededicate ourselves to where we should be.

11:35 AMAll those in favor? That passes unanimously. Thank you so much. Next we have agenda item number 5. 5 is approving a proclamation recognizing national teen dating violence awareness and prevention month. Commissioner, would you like to read the proclamation?
Whereas all young people deserve to be treated with respect. Whereas respectful, supportive and nonviolent relationships are key to safety, health and academic success. Whereas teen dating abuse is a significant health issue with one in ten teens reporting physical or sexual violence from a dating partner.