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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
Why it matters!
"To me, Black achievements and influences are one of the essential building blocks of American History.
Black History Month is the intentional recognition of the meaningful contributions that black people have made to this country. It is a time to reflect on the past, celebrating our legacy, while looking and moving towards the future."
- Taiam White
Subpoena & Records Department
Swift team member since 2020
How to get involved (click to learn more)
✅ Celebrate Black staff & culture all year round.
✅ Celebrate Black History Month with everyone.
✅ Center your celebration around elements of your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy.
✅ Have an inclusive and timely planning process.
✅ Direct resources to Black-owned businesses.
✅ Celebrate the present, not just the past.
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