Today, in honor Black History Month, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation highlighting the importance of the month-long celebration while paying special tribute to African-American women.

The president announced that his year’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”

“From the literary giants who gave voice to their communities to the artists whose harmonies and brush strokes captured hardships and aspirations, African-American women have forever enriched our cultural heritage,” he writes. “Today we stand on the shoulders of countless African-American women who shattered glass ceilings and advanced our common goals.”

POTUS also makes special mention of the nameless African-American women who are the backbone of our communities. He says African-American women are preparing the “next generation for the world they will inherit.”

“I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities,” ended the proclamation.

How are you paying tribute to African American women this month?