Black History Month 2022 - Health and Wellness
Join the GSSW in our celebration of Black History Month! What began as Negro History Week in 1926 has evolved into a month-long celebration of the tenacity, culture, and resilience of the Black community. This year’s theme of Health and Wellness recognizes the contribution of Black scholars and medical professionals in both the Western tradition as well as other non-western practices such as herbalists and midwives.
There are so many ways to get plugged into this month’s celebrations from nationwide ceremonies to events right here on the Baylor campus!
February 15: Waco African American Leadership Panel; 6pm. Zoom link
February 17-19: “Do we want to be healed?”: Racism in the White Church. Register here.
February 22: The Ward: Race and Class in DuBois’s Seventh Ward
February 23: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House Webinar
For a comprehensive list of this month’s events on campus click here
Impactful Black Leaders of the Profession
When looking at the history of the social work profession, it is impossible to ignore the influence of Black practitioners in the fight for social justice.
A perfect example of such work can be seen in the life of Dr. Dorothy Height. She was a social worker on a mission to make this world a better place. From her time at the National Council of Negro Women fighting against lynching and for improvement of the criminal justice system to her organizing at the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. Height embodied the values of the social work profession.
For more information about her legacy as well as the work of other impactful Black social workers check out Black History Month Influential Social Workers or 7 Black Women who have changed social work.
Books, Movies and Other Resources
Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era by Ashley D. Farmer
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Combahee River Collective Statement: One of the original theoretical frames for Intersectionality
The history of Black History Month
USA Today's Black Progress special edition info
What Black History month means to Black Baylor students