COLUMBUS –Today, State Rep. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) 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. Miranda reaffirmed her commitment to supporting legislative efforts to build up Black families so that all Ohioans have the tools they need to get ahead.
“Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made towards racial equality and the many contributions Black Americans have made to this state and country while acknowledging that much more work has to be done,” said Rep. Miranda. “From fixing the inequities in our school funding system to getting the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Black Ohioans under control, I’m committed to working on legislative solutions to make Ohio a place where all can thrive.”
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.