This month, Black History Month, we are celebrating and focusing on “Black Resistance”.
Loosely started in 1915, Black History Month celebrates achievements, history, and culture of African Americans. It began when in response to a lack of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In 1926, the group declared the second week of February as African American History Week which then changed to a whole month in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.
The theme Black Resistance explores how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression…especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings.” In February, the resistance of Black people over the years in the fight for self-determination including through political activism such as the Civil Rights movement, sit-ins, boycotts, walkouts, and strikes, will be honored.
“Black medical professionals established nursing schools, hospitals, and clinics to provide spaces for Black people to get quality health care, which they often did not receive at mainstream institutions.” The same was done in the financial sector, education, music, art, photography, film, and sports.