As Americans we are all connected to the rich history of our nation, and Black History Month gives us the opportunity to honor the particular contributions African Americans have made to our uniquely American culture. We celebrate their achievements and recognize their central role in U.S. history.
It is also an opportunity for reflection—how far we have come and how far we have yet to go to guarantee that we embrace and recognize everyone as valuable to the collective good of our communities. At Hebrew SeniorLife, our own history began with responding to the unique needs of a minority community that had suffered from anti-Semitism and the traumas of war and immigration. This history informs our current commitment to serving communities in need, and intentionally welcoming people of all races, faiths, ethnic backgrounds, gender expression, and sexual orientations.
Our own diverse community holds a treasure trove of stories that can serve as a source of inspiration to us all and help us appreciate what it truly means to be an American.
To celebrate the Month, we have assembled an infographic celebrating eighteen men and women of color who have made significant, and often overlapping, contributions to the arts, politics, science, social justice, and sport. We invite you to share this image with your social networks in celebration of their work and recognition of their accomplishments.