Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Resolution to Honor African-American Medal of Honor Recipients
Resolution pays tribute to the 88 African-Americans awarded the Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, in celebration of Black History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio introduced a resolution to honor the outstanding contributions of African-American Medal of Honor recipients.
“Our nation’s former and current men and women in uniform deserve our unwavering support and eternal gratitude,” Beatty said. “In that spirit, this bipartisan resolution will recognize the distinguished service, bravery and sacrifice of African-American service members, including the eighty-eight African-Americans awarded the Medal of Honor.” Beatty continued, “Through my resolution, I hope more people will pause and reflect on the spirit Black History Month inspires in all Americans.”
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for personal acts of valor which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces. Since its first presentation in 1863, 3,496 individuals have received the Medal of Honor, including 88 African-Americans.
Beatty’s resolution (H.Res. 610) is backed by 38 Members of Congress, including Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and former Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11). Also supporting the resolution are two of the three Korean War veterans currently serving in Congress, Congressman John Conyers (MI-13) and Congressman Charles Rangel (NY-13).