By: Joanne Dowdell (board member representative) and Fran Teplitz (staff member representative), co-chairs of Green America’s Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Team
Green America Staff Contributors: Brooke Bennett, Anya Crittenden, Emma Kriss
Black History Month February 2023
The national theme of this year’s Black History Month, Black Resistance, recognizes how Black communities have resisted oppression in the United States throughout history, to this very day. This special time of celebration was originally chosen by the historian Carter G. Woodson, because February includes the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson, known as the “father of Black history” created “Negro History Week” that ultimately became Black History Month. The holiday brings Americans together to remember, honor, and be inspired by Black history and culture.
To help enhance your celebration with content you can use all year long, Green America is pleased to share Black History Month resources that highlight Black accomplishment and the racial justice still needed in society, the economy, and the environment. We do this as a reflection of our vision: “to work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the abundance of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.”
Together, let’s celebrate and recommit ourselves to building a just society.
Black History Month Resources:
Holiday Background & Social Justice:
Black History Month: HBCUBuzz (Historically Black Colleges & Universities)
Virtual Black History Month Events:
Black History Month Paint Party (Free; virtual attendees must purchase their own supplies)
Library of Congress Events (Free)
Why Black History? ($20)
Understanding Black history is crucial to understanding U.S. history and the present. Let’s keep learning and working for justice.