Every year in February, the UFCW joins with our partners and allies in observing Black History Month, a celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
Black History Month dates to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week” to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the celebration was officially recognized and expanded by President Gerald Ford and every U.S. president since then has celebrated Black History Month during the month of February.
During Black History Month, we will pay tribute to civil rights and labor leaders and other prominent individuals in the African American community for all they have done to advance equality and justice. Not only will we honor and remember the past and how far we have come, but we look to the present and highlight those who are actively fighting for civil, human, and labor rights to ensure a better life for all.
Please visit our website and social media platforms throughout February to learn about key labor leaders and find the latest information about additional events and programming for the month.
If your local has a member activist you would like to profile during Black History Month, please contact Julie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.