Dear Prince Georgians,
Today marks the start of Black History Month. Since 1976, the United States has celebrated Black History Month during the month of February to recognize and honor the many achievements and contributions of African Americans to our society. During this month, we take time to reflect on our past while celebrating the history of our diverse and vibrant African American community.
The national theme for Black History Month 2022 is “Black Health and Wellness,” which acknowledges the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, and the other ways in which the African American community has contributed to healthcare (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora.
This theme speaks to the challenges that African Americans have faced in the healthcare system for decades, and the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that communities of color continue to face disparities in our healthcare system today. Black History Month reminds us that we must remain committed to working towards building a brighter and more equitable future for all Americans.
Over the next several weeks, Prince George’s County will host a number of celebrations and events in recognition of Black History Month. There will be opportunities for the entire family to commemorate the history and culture of the African American community, as well as celebrate all that we have to be proud of in Prince George’s County. We are proud to honor African American heritage in our County and we encourage you and your family to celebrate with us.
Happy Black History Month!
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive
Black History Month Events
See the Community Connections Newsletter to find out about upcoming Black History Month events in Prince George’s County.