Celebrate Black History Month

First and foremost — Black History IS American History and it should not be erased, diminished, whitewashed, downplayed, manipulated or in any way eliminated from our schools’ curriculum!

February is designated as Black History Month — an annual celebration dedicated to recognizing the achievements of Black individuals and their central role in U.S. history. Black History Month began in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting the achievements of Black individuals.

The theme of Black History Month 2022, Black Health and Wellness, acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, healers, etc.) throughout the African continent and African diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

Help show your support for Black History Month this year. Advocate for teaching ALL of America’s history in our educational system, read books and watch programs/movies to learn more about the Black experience, attend a Black History Month event, buy products and support Black-owned businesses and restaurants in your community, donate to local and national Black museums. Post your support on social media!