Statement by Ambassador Katherine Tai Celebrating Black History Month

February 01, 2023

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today released the following statement to commemorate the start of Black History Month.

“Black History Month is an opportunity to remember, honor, and celebrate the sacrifices and contributions of Black Americans in the building of our nation and pursuit of a freer and fairer America.  It is also a chance to acknowledge and confront the ongoing hardships that the Black community faces in accessing our nation’s promise.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has been fully committed to advancing equitable prosperity for all our people, including through trade, as demonstrated by the President’s 2022 Trade Policy Agenda. As the United States Trade Representative, I firmly believe in this mission and in addressing inequities head on.

“In the last two years, I have met with Black community leaders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to discuss how our trade policy can empower them and create inclusive solutions.  We established an Equity Action Plan to fulfill this Administration’s vision for a federal government that improves the lives of every human being.  We also continue to work with the United States International Trade Commission to better understand the distributional effects of trade and to ensure that trade is used as a tool to uplift historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

“While we have made great strides, our work is far from finished.  Our democracy’s ingenuity is our never-wavering drive to sit in, stand, organize, and march together to form a more perfect Union.  As we move forward, we recommit ourselves to bringing the diverse voices of our country to the negotiating table and to extending the reach of economic justice to all Americans.”