As we celebrate Black History Month, we have the opportunity to foster a renewed awareness of Black history, leadership and accomplishments. Let’s take advantage of the various educational and other activities happening virtually and around New York City this month:
- Check out this beautiful video from VIP Community Services celebrating the Black community’s contributions, culture, and impact; and honoring several local heroes.
- Join the New York Public Library in its month-long celebration of Black history and culture with an array of book recommendations, programs, and resources. The Schomburg Center in particular has an interesting slate of events.
- Around the five boroughs, New York City Parks have several events/activities geared to Black History Month, including outdoor and virtual activities for the whole family.
The theme of this year’s Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness, a topic that is very close to us at Amida Care, as we work to dismantle racism as a public health crisis and reduce health disparities in the Black community. Let’s take a moment to celebrate 16 Black Leaders Who Shaped Health Care .
It’s also a great time to learn about Black pioneers in various fields, whether those already familiar to us, or new names and stories we have yet to explore.
Finally, we can all be inspired by “Every Day We Are Learning,” a poem from poet and activist Amanda Gorman:
Every day we are learning
How to live with essence, not ease.
How to move with haste, never hate.
How to leave this pain that is beyond us
Just like a skill or any art,
We cannot possess hope without practicing it.
It is the most fundamental craft we demand of ourselves.
From “Call Us What We Carry”