To Our Harrison Family,
February is Black History Month and this year’s theme is Black Health & Wellness. Beyond the contributions of African American scholars and medical practitioners in Western Medicine, the 2022 theme considers the importance of community health and wellness.
This week we hear from Margo Brooks Carthon, our township’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Advisory) Board Vice-Chairperson, for more on the legacy of Black History Month, a test of our knowledge and additional resources to learn more.
Margo tells us:
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora and provides an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement. It is also a good time to remember that while celebrated in February, Black History is American History, and should be celebrated year-round.
Test your Knowledge of Black History Month Facts:
When did Black History Month begin and who originated it?
Black History Month’s first iteration was Negro History Week and was created in February 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. 18 Black History Month Facts
Why is Black History Month celebrated in February?
Woodson chose February for the weeklong observance as it coincides with the birthdates of both former US President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass
How did Black History Month become a month of celebration?
Black History Month, as we know it today, did not become nationally recognized until the 1970s. Black students and educators at Kent State first celebrated Black History Month in January and February of 1970. Other educational institutions started following suit, and for the United States’ bicentennial (in 1976), President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, as has every president since.
Is Black History Month celebrated anywhere else?
Yes, in Canada, they celebrate it in February. In countries like the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Ireland, they celebrate it in October.
The Harrison Township Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Advisory (IDEA) Board joins our community in celebrating Black History Month.
Please join the IDEA Board Members at Black History Month Celebrations, including David Mills Poetry Reading: Exploring Slavery in NYC- A Virtual Program on Thursday, February 03, at 7:00 PM (online). Sponsored by the Gloucester County Library. Event Registration
Thank you Margo.
Learn more about the Harrison Township Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Advisory (IDEA) Board.
Together for Harrison Township,