Americans are celebrating Black History Month this February to show honor to the journeys and achievements of Black individuals in the country. This week not only focuses on the acknowledgments of the past but also positive commitments of the future. It is the week to celebrate the progress that the country has achieved in history and the defeat of past barriers shortly by making a clear understanding of the situations of marginalized individuals.  

As Black people have endured many health and wellness disparities, highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme of Black History was depicted in Health and Wellness this year, exploring the nuances of health and welfare in the black community. The carnival undergoes the entire second week of February that collectively celebrates racial pride through art, visuals, and reciting the speech. In addition, the participants and the festival organizers gave lectures on African history, depicting their struggle and the challenges they faced while they stayed in this country.

Why does The Theme of Black History this year Denote Health and Wellness?

The week depicts how the American Health department has underserved the African American community. The theme showcases the Black scholars’ legacy and the medical practitioners in Western medicine. It also includes the birth workers, midwives, herbalists that comprise the African Diaspora. Besides this, the UNC Health Department honors black Americans’ contributions, celebrates their achievement, and allows the Americans to learn about their contributions and struggles for racial justice that they still face today in their country.

These reasons led to the  Commemorates  Black History. But, it is noteworthy that Black History depicts health and puts traces on the spiritual, mental, emotional, and financial grounds. In this respect, the former New York Governor Andrew Cumao made commitments for better health and wellness for American-African individuals.

The Origin of Black History and the Reason Behind its Celebration on February

Dr. Carter G. Woodson stepped forward with his intention to mark a recognition of African American struggles, their tradition, and reform. For this, he chose the month of February to celebrate Negro History Week. Alongside, he established a ritual to celebrate the birthdays of Lincoln and Douglas in February on the same day. They were denoted as American symbols of freedom and tradition.

Since its inception, Black History has always been celebrated with a theme in February. The day became popular after the death of Lincoln and Doulas, who made an excellent contribution to the African American Liberation and civil rights. It manifested the history and the journey of Black people when they entered this country, and their struggle for their existence is revealed in this month.

This year, the theme was proposed on the ground of the health and wellness of black people. Previously it included themes like family, Black women in American tradition and history, Education of Black people Black Migrations, and many more. They were celebrated in February, reflecting every detail of the black history and tradition and acknowledging the county men, especially the White Americans.

Anthony Tilghman

Anthony Tilghman, is an 3x Award-winning Photojournalist, Education advocate, Mentor, and Published Author with years of experience in media, photography, marketing and branding. He is the Winner of the...