Justice and Peace Issues
February is Black History Month
Origin of Black History Month:
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the 2nd week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. To learn more, visit https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
2021 THEME ~ The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
To learn the background of the 2021 Black History Month Theme, download this explanation.2021Theme
Read about Black History Milestones https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-milestones
During February, Public Broadcasting has several programs which can help you learn more about the lives and history of African Americans. For an overview, click on this link: Check your local listing for times and channels.
The Racial Justice Working Group of the Justice Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood have prepared the 2021 Black Hist Month Calendar. If you save the calendar to your computer, you can click on the suggested links to learn more about the person named for that day. Each week is on a separate page for ease of printing.
For Black History Month, Education for Justice offers the attached prayer cards with names, information and a brief prayer for Civil Rights Leader.