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Black History Month is meant to honor and commemorate efforts and accomplishments of black people throughout history. Black History Month highlights the breadth and diversity of black history, from the Civil Rights Movement led by individuals like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to the accomplishments of black scientists, artists, sportsmen, and leaders. It is celebrated in the US and Canada for the month of February.

Every year, a new part of black history and culture is highlighted under the Black History Month theme by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The 2023 theme is “Black Resistance”:

“African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction.” Read more on the 2023 theme

So take some time to reflect on the positive contributions made by black people to our society and the global community and honor their legacy!