In celebration of Black History Month and this year’s theme of “Black Health and Wellness,” Mayor Bruce Teague has issued a proclamation designating February as Black History Month.
This year’s Black History Month theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other sources of medical knowledge (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers the activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be healthy and explores the complexity and dynamic of African American families and their stories throughout history.
The role of African Americans in U.S. history was largely ignored until historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson became determined to set the record straight. Now known as the Father of Black History, he spent many years working to achieve recognition for the story and contributions of Black people in America. By 1976 his hard work paid off when this celebration became the nationally recognized Black History Month, raising awareness of Black History and Culture from coast to coast.
Observing Black History Month provides opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and acknowledge the centuries of struggles for equality and freedom.
The proclamation was read at the Feb. 1 City Council meeting by Human Rights Commissioner Roger Lusala. The proclamation highlights the unbreakable bonds within the Black Family despite challenges placed on those ties by persistent racial disparities in our society, while also recognizing and celebrating all identities of the Black Family structure. Lusala's remarks can be found here.
Read Mayor Teague's proclamation here.