INDIANAPOLIS—At the close of Black History Month, State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) offered two resolutions (SR 52 and SR 53) to honor the exceptional Black men and women that made their mark in Madison and Delaware Counties. Both resolutions passed with unanimous support. Senator Lanane released the following statement in response:

“I am so proud to see these resolutions pass through the Legislature with resounding support. Madison and Delaware Counties are what they are today because of the contributions of exceptional Black community members. We’ve been incredibly blessed to have so many exceptional African American leaders advance our communities in so many ways—we have seen Black leaders emerge in politics, academics, education, health and medicine, athletics and much more. Bringing these achievements to light is of utmost importance—celebrating these individuals’ excellence and showing appreciation is not only essential to community health and well-being, but is especially important in this context, considering that the triumphs and work of Black Americans are often overlooked or undervalued.”

Lanane continued, “It is important to remember that each one of these leaders encountered particular obstacles and hardships due to the color of their skin. Even as we honor Black Americans’ achievements as part of our history, we must recognize that the legacy and impacts of racism affect our communities today. While I’m proud these resolutions passed, this Legislature has much work to do to ensure that Black Hoosiers are treated fairly and equitably in our state.”