Good Monday morning to you! It’s the beginning of a new month. That’s a good thing, right? Today’s newsletter is long, so buckle up.
Shout-out to David Zook who won the special election to replace Craig Buttars as the Cache County Executive on Saturday. Congratulations!
February is National Black History month. It began in 1926 as “Negro History Week” and became a month-long commemoration 50 years later. This year’s theme is “The Black family: Representation, identity and diversity. Today is National Freedom (From Slavery) Day. The day honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. It was not ratified by the states, however, until December 18, 1865.
If you only have time for one thing today, read this piece about 5 Black Utah pastors for whom racism is not hypothetical – they’ve lived it. “Racism in Utah is not as “aggressive as in Chicago – it’s more passive aggressive,” says Rev. Oscar Moses. “The Lord put me in places to help [others] deal with diversity…You see, racism is not born into children, It has to be taught to them,” says Bishop Bobby Allen.
32 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21) 72 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021) 88 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)