February is Black History Month, a tribute to the generations of Black Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Black History Month is a time to recognize their central role and significant contributions to not just our country, but the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other arenas. Prominent figures include Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King, Jr., American Abolitionist and Activist Harriet Tubman, influential sports figure Jackie Robinson, and Former US President Barack Obama
Black History Month started as Black History Week in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson, now known as the “Father of Black History,” created an organization called The Association for the Study of African American Life and History in 1915, which was dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized the holiday and established a nationwide observance every February as Black History Month.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Health and Wellness”, which examines and acknowledges the work of Black scholars and medical practitioners to better understand what has been done and what is currently being done to address how American healthcare has often underserved the Black American community. It’s also a reminder to continuously educate ourselves, our kids, and the future generation about the structures of inequality that have blocked Black Americans from full access to their full rights in American democracy, and where those barriers still exist today.
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We recognize, honor, and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Black Americans, and are dedicated to making impactful changes every day for the community.
June Simmons and the Executive Team