Celebrating Black History Month: A Momentous Start at the Embassy
Good morning, and a joyous commencement to Black History Month! Today marks not only the beginning of a month-long celebration but also a significant historical date—the signing of the 13th Amendment by President Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, officially abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States.
In a historic moment for our Embassy, we proudly raise the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag for the first time. This symbolic act aligns with the United States’ dedication to combating racism, acknowledging the enduring impact of history, and embracing a month dedicated to honoring the remarkable contributions of Black Americans to our nation.
While the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has sparked debates, it has evolved into a powerful call to action against racism and a commitment to fostering a more equitable society, not only in the United States but worldwide.
Flying the BLM flag serves as a tangible expression of our Embassy’s commitment to rejecting racism and emphasizing the importance of inclusivity. This resonates with the spirit of Singapore, a country that celebrates social harmony within its multi-ethnic society.
As we embark on Black History Month, let us reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and strive towards a future where diversity is embraced, and equality prevails. This symbolic gesture at the Embassy signifies our shared commitment to a more just and inclusive world.