Black History is American History
In the U.S., cultural heritage months strive to give communities of color the recognition they deserve. Months such as Native American Indian Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Irish American Heritage Month highlight the achievements they have made in the United States (U.S.) a country where they often faced, and continue to face, discrimination.
That brings us to the cultural heritage month of February, designated as Black History Month. The origin of Black History Month began in 1915, a half century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.
Every February the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation honors Black Americans who have made incredible contributions to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, theology, arts, literature, athletics, and politics. And we remember the lives of our Black sisters and brothers who sacrificed their lives as martyrs for liberation, equality and advancement. However, Black history is more than a month and I can no longer think about American history without thinking about Black American history. They are so deeply entwined.
Creator God, who loves and delights in all people.
We stand in awe before you, knowing that the spark of life within each person is the spark of your divine life.
Differences among cultures and races are multicolored manifestations of your light.
May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.
Adapted from the Sisters of Mercy
Debbie Weber Director, OPJCC