A Message from Governor Rick Scott

Florida's Black History Month 2014
February 1–February 28
"Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream: 50 Years in Action"

During Black History Month, our state recognizes the many ways African-Americans have enriched Florida's communities, culture and history. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech—a claim to freedom, unity and the pursuit of happiness in America.

As Floridians celebrate Black History Month, it is my honor to recognize the achievements of African-Americans and the diversity of Florida's people and culture with this year's theme, "Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream: 50 Years in Action."

Florida's history has been written, in part, by the contributions of strong African-American leaders who have helped make our state the best place to live in the nation. The 2014 Black History Month Art and Essay Contests will help students appreciate those contributions and encourage them to become tomorrow's leaders.

—Rick Scott
State of Florida and State Seal