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Trump declares start of National African American History Month

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Trump at a White House meeting commemorating Black History Month in 2017. Photo: Michael Reynolds, Pool / Getty Images

President Trump proclaimed February as National African American History Month — following a presidential tradition — in statement Wednesday.

This annual observance is an opportunity to remember the challenges of our past, but also to honor countless African-American heroes who inspire us to shape our country's future.  This year's theme, "African Americans in Times of War," calls our attention to the heroic contributions of African Americans during our Nation's military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to present-day operations.