Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus chair Representative Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison), Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes (D), and Governor Tony Evers (D) give remarks during the 2021 Black History Month kickoff event.

"Our fight for equity, our fight for justice may be far from over, but we may still acknowledge all that our ancestors...accomplished so that we could be here today," Rep. Stubbs said.

"This is truly a historic moment for the state of Wisconsin because we have more Black members of the legislature than ever before," Lt. Gov. Barnes said.

"I want to close today in celebration, not only of the strides we made, but really the resilient, determined folks who made them," Gov. Evers said. "I also hope soon we'll be able to celebrate one of those trail blazers, Vel Philips, here at the state Capitol building with an addition of a statue in her honor and in recognition of the crucial role Black Wisconsinites have played in our state's history."

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