Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. One can not tell the story of this nation without reflecting on the important but often overlooked journey and contributions of African Americans.
“It’s a story that begins with grim chapters of American history, and though it has not always followed a straight line, we continuously marched towards justice. Again and again, African Americans have led the way towards our nation’s highest ideals. Together, we have embraced a dream of an America where everyone has dignity, respect, and a fair shot.
“We are again facing a crossroads in the story of America. The progress we have made is in jeopardy with a state and federal Republican government that holds our families back. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew well, nothing will change if we do not act. Today, Democrats choose to act.”