February is Black History Month which began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African American diaspora. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, calling upon public officials, educators, and all people to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities chronicling the Black American experience.
The following is a quote from The White House Briefing Room, taken from the Presidential Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2022.
“Each February, National Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America — our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations. Shining a light on Black history today is as important to understanding ourselves and growing stronger as a Nation as it has ever been. That is why it is essential that we take time to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of Black Americans, honor the legacies and achievements of generations past, reckon with centuries of injustice, and confront those injustices that still fester today.”
President Joe Biden continues, “Across the generations, countless Black Americans have demonstrated profound moral courage and resilience to help shape our Nation for the better. Today, Black Americans lead industries and movements for change, serve our communities and our Nation at every level, and advance every field across the board, including arts and sciences, business and law, health and education, and many more. In the face of wounds and obstacles older than our Nation itself, Black Americans can be seen in every part of our society today, strengthening and uplifting all of America.”
Take time to consider this quote during Black History month and always, and remember that diversity – in backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives – makes us all stronger. ASC is proud of the many diverse and talented team members who join in our continuing mission to serve all customers with quality care and excellence every day. For more information on American Senior Communities visit ASCCare.com.