WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison sent out the following message on Monday February 6:
February is Black History Month, and we celebrate and honor the many contributions African-Americans have made to our nation and to the Republican Party.
The Washington State Republican Party is a party for all Americans, which is why we are working to fully fund education, expand school choice, create economic opportunities in every neighborhood, and listen to the concerns of all voters.
The first African-American legislator in our state, William Owen Bush (1832-1907), a Republican from Thurston County, introduced and helped pass our state’s first civil rights bill, and introduced the legislation that led to the establishment of Washington State University.
And ex-slave Horace Cayton (1859-1940) was the founder and publisher of the Seattle Republican, which at one time was Seattle’s second largest newspaper. He was a frequent delegate to the county and state nominating conventions, secretary of the party’s King County convention in 1902, and for several years a member of the Republican State Central Committee.
Our focus will remain on making sure Washingtonians of all backgrounds can achieve their dreams, and understanding that we are stronger when we embrace diversity. Whether it was the courage of Harriet Tubman, the inventiveness of George Washington Carver, or the moral clarity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., African Americans have richly shaped the American story, and we are proud to celebrate that heritage all month long.