Del. Hala Ayala’s Statement on Black History Month

“It is my hope that this month we can have an open and honest dialogue where we need to go as a nation to heal our scars and create a more just and equitable society.” 

 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala released the following statement honoring the first day of Black History Month:

“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time for us to honor the rich history of Black Americans. Black history and heritage has played an important role in my professional and personal life. By celebrating and highlighting the successes and struggles of so many Black Americans each February, I have gained a great appreciation for the sacrifices so many that came before me have made. 

However, there is a lot of work we must do to heal the wounds that still exist in our Commonwealth from the legacy of slavery. We must continue to build upon the work of so many activists and end the violence that Black Americans experience every day. 

It is my hope that this month we can have an open and honest dialogue where we need to go as a nation to heal our scars and create a more just and equitable society. 

In Richmond, I’m fighting for working families and it is important to note that one in three frontline workers are Black women. As I champion policies that make life better for working families, I’m taking a little extra time this month to reflect on how Black women in particular have contributed to our Commonwealth. I’m wishing all Virginians a joyful, reflective, and meaningful Black History Month “