February is Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the United States.

It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Black History Month is a time to consider how we can create more justice in our daily lives, how we can help education institutions become places in which all the students we serve, especially African American students, thrive and how can we make sure that all families, particularly those from African American backgrounds, feel welcome in all aspects of life.

During Black History Month, let us pause and reflect on our own biases, stereotypes, gaps in knowledge, and relationships across racial difference so that we can be leaders in creating a system in which equity, inclusion, and social justice are at the forefront.


Black History Month Events​

FEBRUARY 5 | 7PM ESTBlack History Month Forum “The Church and Racial Justice”discussion with Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ, Fr. Joseph Parks, SJ, and Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN –https://archny.org/ministries-and-offices/cultural-diversity-apostolate/black-ministry/black-history-month-2021-events/the-church-and-racial-justice-a-conversation-in-truth-and-hope/

FEBRUARY 7 | 1PM EST – Black History Month Mass & Celebration of the African American Family Day of Prayer (St. Patrick’s Cathedral) – https://saintpatrickscathedral.org/live

FEBRUARY 13 | 6:30 PM EST – Visioning for Lent and Life (Supplies needed for this spiritual vision board exercise includes old magazines to cut, scissors, glue stick, and a large piece of paper or a poster board).  Space is limited; Please RSVP before February 11th by emailing Angele White (angelecw32@aol.com).  Zoom link provided after RSVP Registration is received.

FEBRUARY 20 | 6:30 PM EST – B&W Black History Family Night (Recommended for children ages 8 to 12 with Parental/Guardian participation encouraged).  Please RSVP before Feb. 16 by sending an email to Angele White (angelecw32@aol.com) Zoom link provided after RSVP Registration is received.

FEBRUARY 21 | 7 PM EST – “THE BLACK CHURCH:  This is our Story, This is our Song” Film Screening on PBS – register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DS6P6ovsT_m_utl_xrHXpQ

FEBRUARY 21 | 3-5 PM EST – For Young Adults Ages 18-39 years old
Journeying Together African American Catholic Young Adult Gathering hosted by the African American family, sponsored by the USCCB. Register at https://forms.gle/stN3W2pWYujgS2fJ9 

FEBRUARY 24 | 8 PM EST – “What Can the Church Do about Racism” presented by Gloria Purvis – www.sulc.edu/racialhealin

FEBRUARY 28 | 3:45 PM EST – St. Martin’s DC Celebrates Black History Month
B&W Guest Speakers and Performers (TBD-Awaiting Confirmations).  Zoom link will be made available two (2) days prior to the event.

FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20, & 27 | 4:00 PM EST – Every Saturday in February – “Sharing our Story: An Enduring Faith”   – www.eventbrite.com/e/134671105903