Since President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.
The 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores “the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”
With Black History Month beginning Tuesday, The Week is looking into this theme.
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Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States for close to 100 years. But what is it, exactly, and how did it begin?
This article names twelve of the many Black Americans in history who have had, and continue to have, a profound impact on the health and wellness of people in the US and worldwide.
When Olympic gymnast Simone Biles not only set boundaries for herself, but also did so in the name of her mental and emotional health, it was a powerful moment for Black women athletes around the world and highlighted the toxic relationship the U.S. has with “winning.”
We’re witnessing an outpouring of support for the Black community.
Acknowledges Pioneers in Health and Wellness Including Midwives.
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So many trailblazers.
The cohort includes 35 US creators who will get funding, trainings, and other resources through the program.
ABC News is planning a wide array of special coverage in February devoted to Black History Month.
Throughout the month, users can listen to special episodes of “The Message” on Apple Music 1 that discuss Black creators’ contributions to culture and the importance of health and wellness in the community.
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