In honor of Black History Month and in solidarity with Black communities and people of African descent in the United States and around the world, the U.S. Embassy Port of Spain raised the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag at its Queen’s Park West compound. today, Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
Embassy staff and their families attended the flag raising ceremony and confirmed their commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all Embassy programs and activities.
Raising the flag, US Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore said:
“The United States was founded on the principle that all people are created equal, and it is an ideal which we have not yet achieved, but which we continue to pursue, to form a more perfect union, as our Constitution states. During this Black History Month, I encourage everyone to take the time to reflect on how Black history and culture have influenced our lives through music, l art, literature, politics, science, business, and sports, and their roles in our strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
A statement from the embassy says the BLM flag will fly above the embassy for the remainder of Black History Month.
The Black Lives Matter and United States flag at the United States Embassy to commemorate Black History Month. (Image courtesy of U.S. Embassy Port of Spain)
“Black History Month is held each February to commemorate and celebrate African American history and the African Diaspora. As Black History Month was born in the United States, it received recognition international community in countries like Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Black history is American history, and we honor the profound impact of African diaspora culture and the immeasurable contributions of black Americans to the world,” the embassy statement said.
The phrase “Black Lives Matter” aims to raise awareness and respond to ongoing racism in the United States and abroad. It also draws attention to the need to end systemic racism and inequality experienced by communities of color and, specifically, people of African descent.
The Embassy notes that hoisting BLM flags on the flagpoles of U.S. embassies and consulates around the world is a powerful statement that draws attention to efforts to advance racial equity and access to justice. justice in the United States and around the world.
According to the embassy, ”the flags serve as a visible reminder of the collective responsibility to advance issues of social justice and of the U.S. government’s resolute commitment to confronting the injustices that exist today.”