The BPDA honors Black History Month
Feb 25, 2021
by: Barry Reaves, BPDA Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) proudly joins the nation in celebrating National African American/Black History Month from February 1–28, 2021. First initiated as "Negro History Week" by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, National African American/Black History Month was officially recognized by the United States government in 1976. It is during this month that we celebrate and honor the accomplishments and achievements of the African Americans who have served and continue to serve this nation.
Dr. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” selected the second week of February because it fell between the birthdays of the famed orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the celebration expanded to include the entire month.
The theme for this year’s Black History Month observance is from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” a time for all Americans to reflect on both the history and teachings of African Americans and to focus on the progress, richness, and diversity of African American achievements.
The Black Family has faced many hardships and economic and equality challenges, but it remains strong, resourceful, and resolved to improve quality of life in the home, community, state, and country. This strength and courage inspired leaders like Harriett Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and thousands of former slaves who fought for their freedom.
As we reflect on the role of the Black Family in our nation's history, let us remember and honor how they stood by to fight for freedom and equality for all.