Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” created the celebration of Black accomplishment in 1926. Black history in the U.S. predates 1619 when enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. Throughout the history of our nation, Black Americans have persevered and contributed to all aspects of America and have shaped America into the country that it is today.
This year’s theme for National Black History Month was “Black Resistance.” As described by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the theme reflects how Black people have achieved triumphs, successes, and progress through resistance. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines resistance as “the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action.” The history of Black Americans contains many examples of resistance to bring about change, such as resistance to slavery, resistance to unfair treatment and lack of access to housing and employment, and resistance to social injustices.
During the month of February, we hope that you took time to explore the articles posted on Center News and had the opportunity to attend, in-person or via live stream, the dynamic February 28, 2023, presentation of the 2023 Black History Month Speakers Panel featuring the Honorable Mayor Cosby H. Johnson, Brunswick Georgia, and Coach Brian Edwards, Brunswick High School. Mayor Johnson and Coach Edwards delivered outstanding remarks and insight into this year’s theme of “Black Resistance.”
In honor of our Nation’s great Black Americans, we encourage you to learn and appreciate how often the success of our Nation hinged on the decisions, hard work, sacrifice, and resistance to oppression by and on behalf of Black men and women. To learn more about champions of Black History, please visit Blackpast.org.
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