Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas African immigrants continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth’s rich diversity by contributing significantly to all aspects of daily life, including education, medicine, commerce, agriculture, public service, technology, and the arts; and   

Whereas African Union Day is celebrated on September 9th; and  

Whereas Raising awareness about the health issues facing African immigrants is crucial to effectively minimizing health disparities within the community; and

Whereas A healthy and vibrant African community will continue to enrich American life with its heritage and culture; and

Whereas It is appropriate that all residents recognize African immigrants for their many contributions to the cities and towns across our Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2012 to be,

AFRICAN IMMIGRANT HERITAGE AND HEALTH MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of August, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts