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senate Bill S. 392

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

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      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 15th, 2017

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Title

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

Official Title

A bill to establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act (Sec. 3) This bill establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. The commission must: plan programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities; assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration; and coordinate for the public scholarly research on the arrival of Africans in the United States and their contributions to this country. (Sec. 5) The commission may provide: (1) grants to communities and nonprofit organizations for the development of programs; (2) grants to research and scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating to the arrival of Africans in the United States; and (3) technical assistance to states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration. (Sec. 7) The commission must prepare a strategic plan and submit a final report to Congress that contains a summary of its activities, an accounting of its received and expended funds, and its recommendations. (Sec. 9) The commission shall terminate on July 1, 2020.
    This is a good start toward helping the American people understand the history of enslaved blacks in this country. I fully support this bill and hope that the next step will be a museum dedicated to slavery.
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