Last week was the start of Black History Month 2022 on February 1, 2022. In America, as the vast majority of Americans know and appreciate, the month of February is a time that we formally recognize and celebrate the contributions of African-American heroes and icons throughout our constantly and continuously written American History.
As a seasoned educator, I take it for granted that I know the history of Black History Month. While I know that most Americans know that February is Black History Month, I also know that many, if not most Americans do not know the history of its origin. Thus, it is our responsibility to teach and instruct our students on the “history” of Black History Month in order for students to have a full appreciation of the contributions and impact of African-Americans and African-American culture on our great nation. Therefore, each year I provide the history of Black History Month for you to share with your students and maybe learn the first-time for yourself.
The celebration of Black History Month actually began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African-American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher and evolved to become a month-long celebration in 1976. Black History Month is meant to be a study of African American life, history and time of a remembrance of the important people and events from the Black communities that have contributed to our Nation. Every year there is a theme for this celebration.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has announced that the theme for Black History Month 2022 is, “Black Health and Wellness”, The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.
I have attached an informational flyer on the full background of this year’s Black History Month theme. In addition, I am sharing with you a link showing a Virtual Festival throughout the month of February. See link : Black History Month Virtual Festival Schedule – ASALH – The Founders of Black History Month and I would encourage you to share the information with students, friends, and family!
-Dr. Moger, PCS Superintendent