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​H.R.1242 - 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act115th Congress (2017-2018) | Get alerts


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Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] (Introduced 02/28/2017)
Committees: House - Oversight and Government Reform
Committee Reports: H. Rept. 115-105
Latest Action: 01/08/2018 Became Public Law No: 115-102.  (All Actions)


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There are 3 summaries for H.R.1242.
Passed Senate without amendment (12/21/2017)
Passed House amended (05/01/2017)
Introduced in House (02/28/2017)
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Passed Senate without amendment (12/21/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on May 1, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

(Sec. 3) This bill establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.

The commission must:

plan programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States;
encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities;
assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration; and
coordinate for the public scholarly research on the arrival of Africans in the United States and their contributions to this country.

(Sec. 5) The commission may provide: (1) grants to communities and nonprofit organizations for the development of programs; (2) grants to research and scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating to the arrival of Africans in the United States; and (3) technical assistance to states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration.

(Sec. 7) The commission must prepare a strategic plan and submit a final report to Congress that contains a summary of its activities, an accounting of its received and expended funds, and its recommendations.

(Sec. 8) The commission shall terminate on July 1, 2020.

(Sec. 9) All expenditures of the commission shall be made solely from donated funds.


Acts 7:6-7King James Version (KJV)

6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.

7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.King James Version (KJV)