Every year the United States devotes the month of February to honoring, acknowledging, and celebrating the indelible influence of black Americans on US history and culture. From civil rights activists to barrier-breaking leaders in science, politics, industry, sports, and the arts, Black History Month brings to the forefront many of the countless contributions African Americans have made to the United States and to the world.
The theme for 2022 Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. The theme acknowledges the accomplishments of past Black medical practitioners as well as calls to action present day practices to improve the physical and mental health of Black Americans. You can find more details on this year’s theme as well as a books, websites and other historical materials and guides on Black health and wellness on ASALH’s website.
This year’s theme is particularly timely as the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities that have caused racial and ethnic minority groups to be at greater risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. The pandemic has also given rise to greater discussion around wellness and mental healthcare in the Black community. You can find information and helpful resources on mental health in African American communities from the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
Black History Month is also a time to acknowledge inequities and support Black Americans facing adversity by advocating for the organizations working to lift them up. YouGiveGoods is pleased to be a part of this effort by offering a simple, effective way to deliver tangible aid to these organizations through an online giving event. You can donate needed, brand-new goods to Boys & Girls Clubs of American or Feeding America Food Banks through YouGiveGoods' Black History Month Giving Event.
Make an even bigger impact when you get your company, school or organization involved. See how one corporation is supporting food pantries across the country with their national Black History Month food drive, another corporate Black History month event is raising diverse children’s books, school supplies and toiletries for multiple nonprofits and another is supporting area children with a giving event benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of LA.
Finally, we encourage you to be an active participant in Black History Month by educating yourself and your family on Black Americans who paved the way for those making our lives better today. Check out two these great resources: 26 Black Americans You Don’t Know But Should and How To Talk To Your Kids About Black History Month – And 25 Ways To Honor It. Once you learn a little, we guarantee you’ll want to learn more!