Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs hosted a celebration in honor of Black History Month Wednesday at the Illinois Capitol rotunda.
The event was an opportunity to reflect on the great achievements of African-Americans and honor active leaders in communities throughout Illinois.
Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton hopes to give a voice to people who, she says, historically, haven’t been given one.
“Voices from communities all over our state, particularly the black community, which deserves a seat at the table where decisions are being made,” she said.
Stratton went on to say that even though many doors have been opened by trailblazers in the African-American community, society must continue to open doors to make it easier for future generations.