June marks the beginning of summer, and I hope your family has a chance to get out and enjoy our beautiful state. With a majority of people now vaccinated against the coronavirus and most activities open, it promises to be a fantastic season.
It has been a year of sorrow and loss as we faced the worst public health crisis in a century. But it’s also been a year of heroism and selflessness. And now, with coronavirus infections waning, there are sure signs that we will beat this pandemic.
Recognizing the history and achievements of African Americans -- as well as the continuing struggle for civil rights, equal opportunity and prosperity -- is the focus of February’s Black History Month. This year, it comes at a time of great reckoning, redemption and hope.