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WHEREAS, in 2015, Pew Research Center found that 6.9 percent of the United States population has a multiracial background, and that population is growing; and
WHEREAS, if current trends continue – and evidence suggests the trends may accelerate – the Census Bureau projects that the multiracial population will triple by 2060; and
WHEREAS, our Commonwealth can help promote the facilitation of honoring the multiracial population; and
WHEREAS, today's parents are more likely to have talked to their own children about being multiracial and our Commonwealth can facilitate further positive discussions through community recognition of multiracial children; and
WHEREAS, Project RACE (Reclassify All Children Equally) is a national organization advocating for multiracial children, teens, adults, and families, and has an active membership in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is a true melting pot of race and ethnicity, and honors many different cultures with days, weeks, or months that celebrate the diversity of the Virginia’s heritage;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 7-14, 2019, as MULTIRACIAL HERITAGE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.