Today, State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) recognized Black History Month, a time to celebrate and reflect on the central role African-Americans have played in our nation’s history. This year’s Black History Month theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity,” which celebrates the strength, resilience, diversity and achievements of Black families. Rep. Kelly reaffirmed her commitment to supporting legislative efforts to build up Black families so that all Ohioans have the tools they need to get ahead.
“As we reflect on the amazing, dynamic history of African-Americans throughout this month, we must also prioritize progress and equity in the present. I have introduced a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage to help address the wage disparities that Black communities too often face. Economic prosperity is one of many ways we can help achieve racial equality,” said Rep. Kelly.
Several Democratic-backed family first bills have recently been enacted into law, including legislation to support expecting mothers and babies, create the state’s first-ever Children’s Behavioral Health Network, assist foster families, and make it easier for military families caring for a loved one with special needs to apply for Medicaid services.
This General Assembly, House Democrats will continue to prioritize legislation to strengthen Ohio’s families, including bills to raise the minimum wage, implement paid family leave and support Black businesses.