Celebrating Black History Month
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Celebrating Black History Month: Future Majority honors African Americans’ historic and ongoing impact on society and recognizes the work needed to combat racism.
February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month in America, as Americans come together to honor African Americans in this country. In 2021, the celebratory month arrives at a time of multiple intersecting crises: the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Black Americans -- both in terms of health outcomes and vaccine access. The economic fallout from the pandemic that has especially hurt communities of color. And the continued and daily premise of systemic, structural, and interpersonal racism that many Americans finally scrutinized in the wake of the racial justice protests last summer following the police killing of George Floyd and the 1/6/21 attack on our country by many avowed white nationalists.
As we take this month, especially, to honor and celebrate the heroes and everyday Black American difference-makers -- past and present -- we also recognize the continued work to build a more free, just, and equitable America for all. We heed the words and legacy of civil rights, voting, and women’s rights activists, Fannie Lou Hamer: "Nobody's free until everybody's free."
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