Black History Month 2024

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During Black History Month, let's honor the resilience, achievements, and contributions of the Black community. May this month be a time for reflection, education, and celebration of the rich tapestry that makes up our shared history. Together, let's continue to promote understanding, equality, and unity. 

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

Throughout the month and for the remaining 306 days of the year, let’s take time to appreciate:

The RENAISSANCE of advancements in and for the black community. A renaissance that is made stronger with the support of allies. A renaissance that includes a renewed appreciation for the contributions of black people in all aspects of society.

The RESISTANCE of impediments and systems that affect African American people and communities at disproportionate rates. Barriers that are perpetuated through health disparities, quality of life inequities and decreased mortality rates.

The REJOICING that occurs when our shared humanity allows us ALL to see ourselves in one another. A triumph of spirit that is evidenced when the richness of black culture is experienced!

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is celebrating Black History Month by sharing stories of influential Black leaders in the movement, hosting events and raising awareness.

Please join us. #BlackHistoryMonth 

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is an inclusive organization open to all and believes that, in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive when our doors are open to all and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Learn more.

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