Mayor de Blasio proclaimed February 22 “Loretta Lynch Day” during a Black History Month celebration at the Museum of Natural History Thursday night.
Lynch, the first black-female Attorney General, served from 2015 until the end of former-President Barack Obama’s second term. Prior to that, she served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 2010 to 2015 and under President Bill Clinton from 1999-2001.
“It’s actually really humbling to be considered part of black history,” Lynch said after receiving her proclamation.
This year’s theme during the Association for the Study of African American Life and History event was “African-Americans in Times of War.”
“It is how have our young black men fought to prove themselves over generations … the theme highlights the service and the sacrifice of those who were committed to a cause greater themselves as well as greater than the small-minded people who for generations refused to see them as fully American,” Lynch said in her remarks to the group.
More than 800 guests (including members of de Blasio’s cabinet and various elected officials) attended the meeting.
“I think there’s gonna be a lot of girls and young women who learn the story of Loretta Lynch and feel inspired and empowered,” de Blasio told the crowd.
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