Message From Executive Director K.bain
Black History Month: Celebration of Courage & Black Resistance
“Because it helps us to remember, there is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history” – Lonnie G. Bunch 111
African-American renown historian, Carter G. Woodson popularly known as the “father of Black History” set out in 1926 to designate a time to promote and educate people about Black history and culture. Carter, a historian and the President of the Association for the study of African American Life and History (ASALH) had envisioned a week-long celebration to encourage the coordinated teaching of Black history in schools. The goal from the beginning was to make the celebration of Black History in the field of history as a “serious area of Study” By the late 1960s, the idea had become so popular and received national acceptance. The Negro History Week evolved into what is now known as Black History Month. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month during the country’s 1976 bicentennial, calling on Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” In celebrating this year’s Black History Month, we join in paying tribute to generations of African-Americans, Blacks and indigenous people of color who struggled with adversity throughout the course of history in the United States.
The Human Justice Network echoes the theme of 2023 Black History Month celebration of
“Black Resistance”. We affirm, regardless of myths and misconceptions of historical facts, that the civilization currently leading the world, innovations and inventions admired the world over, creativity which all nations of the world imitate, -the Black, Brown and indigenous people of color are the pioneers and part and parcel of that great civilization.
As we mark the 47th anniversary of Black History Month, we promote a re-awakening of the consciousness of the global community to the contributions of Black and Brown people to history, culture and civilization. We would like to thank you for your continued investment, partnership and support for Human Justice and our mission to uplift systemically disinvested communities of color.