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Black History Month Celebration: The Black Family -- Representation, Identity and Diversity

“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year.” 
-- W.E.B. Du Bois

We celebrate Black History Month, an important national month of commemoration in February each year. It is a time to honor, remember, acknowledge and educate ourselves and others about the significant contributions by African Americans to our history as a nation. Each year, a theme is chosen around which events, classes and discussions (large and small) can be formed. This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. We have ideas on ways to celebrate this February to inspire you to participate. And, please bookmark these incredible stories of influential people and their contributions to explore throughout the month. Set aside time to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and, if you love to read, here are recommendations to add to your February reading list.
 
This month commemorating the ongoing struggle of African Americans for equality and freedom has its origins in the 1915 founding of what is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an historian and author. Dr. Woodson chose February for this national month of reflection because it is the month in which two pivotal figures in the history of African Americans were born: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. There are many ways to creatively celebrate and honor this month of history virtually.  

How will you honor these legacies and learn more this year? We’d love for you to share: edi@untsystem.edu. Please visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Calendar of Holiday and Observances.