The theme for Black History Month 2022 according to the Association For the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is Black Health and Wellness, giving special focus on the contributions of Black people to Western medicine. Black people have served as doulas, midwives, doctors, engineers, scientists, and more, leading to the advancement of medicines and medical techniques. There have even been long-lasting advancements on the medical field through the studies of DNA from contributors like Henrietta Lacks, albeit controversial. This theme also highlights the health disparities that continue today, and how to remove these roadblocks for the betterment of Black people and general society.
Check out President Biden’s Proclamation on National Black History Month, NPR’s report on how this month’s recognition came about, and PBS’ list of films and clips to watch and stream on a myriad of Black Americans who have made their mark.
Taking the opportunities to learn history, gain perspectives, and join initiatives is a great way to grow individually, as well as a society. After all, Black history is American History! ✊🏿 🇺🇸