Black History Month: Overview
2/1/23 | Welcome to Black History Month - 2023. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” explores how "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings," since the nation's earliest days.
We encourage you to read more and explore this incredible month of celebration and history!
Soccer’s Black History: Female Trailblazers Who Led the Way
2/8/23 | Check out this article from Maya Stephen who dives deep into the stories of Black women who shaped American soccer and the USWNT into the powerhouse we know it to be today.
There would be no Black history in America nor a month in honor of celebration and reflection, without the women who have the prefix “first” included before their accomplishments. It all begins with a leader. And there are plenty of Female soccer players who fit the bill.
Desmond Armstrong On Race and His Unlikely Path to the U.S. Men's National Team
2/16/23 | Read more about Desmond Armstrong in Michael Lewis's piece where he dives into the life of the first U.S.-born Black player to represent the United States at the Fifa World Cup.
Like many of his U.S. former national team teammates, Desmond Armstrong is a voice of wisdom and experience.After all, the 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee has seen and lived much during his decades in soccer as a player, coach and administrator.
The 1619 Project
2/23/23 | A powerful and poignant piece from The New York Times, The 1619 Project delves into the earliest days of slavery in America and how this shaped and still affects society today. We encourage you to use the links below to read or watch more.
The goal of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The New York Times that this issue of the magazine inaugurates, is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.
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