ROCKFORD, Ill. – In an effort to promote awareness and history in the Rockford community, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is encouraging Rockford citizens to participate in local Black History Month programs and celebrations.

“I am proud of the history that African Americans have here in Rockford and in our country,” Wallace said. “It is important for our children to understand the progress our community continues to make. I encourage people to visit the local schools and churches that have programs and events highlighting the accomplishments of African American citizens.”

What initially began as a week-long celebration by Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month aims to give residents an opportunity to reflect on the contributions that the African American community has made in America.

Locally, Veterans Memorial Hall will be hosting a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday Feb. 19 from 1-4 p.m. Guests will include World War II Tuskegee Airmen veterans and Montford Point Marines from the Vietnam War.

“Black History Month is not just a recognition of African American history, it is a fuller telling of American history,” Wallace said “I hope residents bring their families out to local events so that we can more educated on the history of our country.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at

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