A Dash of Diane
As Black History Month comes to a close, it's important to reflect on the significance of this annual observance and the ongoing importance of recognizing and celebrating Black history.
Black History Month originated in the United States in 1976, when it was officially recognized as a month-long observance to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history. Since then, it has grown into a global celebration, with countries around the world dedicating the month of February to honoring Black history.
While Black History Month provides a platform to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people, it also serves as a reminder of the injustices and discrimination that Black people have faced and continues to face. From the horrors of slavery to the ongoing fight for racial justice and equity, Black history is deeply intertwined with the struggle for civil rights and equality.
Recent events have brought renewed attention to the systemic racism and violence that African Americans face, both in the United States and around the world. It has sparked important conversations about the need for change and the importance of taking action to dismantle systemic racism and promote social justice.
As we close out Black History Month, it's important to remember that the work of celebrating Black history and promoting racial justice is ongoing. It requires us to be actively engaged, to listen and learn from Black voices, and to take meaningful action to create a more just and equitable world.
So, let us continue to honor and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans while also committing to the ongoing work of building a more just and equitable future for all. Together, we can create a world where the contributions and achievements of African Americans are fully recognized and celebrated, and everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and equality.
-Diane Robinson, President & CEO