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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in the history, development, and growth of the United States. It is also sometimes referred to as African-American History Month and was an event that grew out of  “Negro History Week", which was the brainchild of noted, Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans of his day. Since 1976, every American president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom also devote a month to celebrating Black history and contributions.



Weekly Spotlight and Unsung Heroes Series

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be placing a weekly Spotlight  on a critical current event that may be of great impact and importance to African-Americans specifically, but should be significant to us all. Additionally, we will be honoring several  "Unsung Heroes" who have played a pivotal role in history or the way we live our lives today, but their names and corresponding accomplishments are unknown to most.


Spotlight Series: Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as “Emancipation Day”, “Jubilee Day”, “Freedom Day” and Juneteenth Independence Day”, has been celebrated by African-Americans for many years. Read More (Spotlight Series: Juneteenth)

Spotlight Series: Black Maternal and Infant Mortality

The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is the number of maternal deaths during a given time period per 100,000 live births during the same time. Black women have a 3 times higher rate of dying from a pregnancy-related cause than white women. Read More (Spotlight Series: Black Maternal and Infant Mortality)

Spotlight Series: Voting Rights and Redistricting

Passed at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1965, the purpose of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is to prevent the systemic and wide-spread voter discrimination experienced by people of color. Read More (Spotlight Series: Voting Rights and Redistricting)

Spotlight Series: Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic concept that is more than forty (40) years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies. Read More (Spotlight Series: Critical Race Theory)