Black History Month

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes, Poet, Playwright

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” – Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, has been celebrated annually since 1915. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements by black Americans and their central role in United States History.

Black History month has been celebrated by every U.S. President during the month of February since 1976. Other countries in the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom also devote a month to celebrating black history.

During this month, make a point of researching the stories of a variety of African American men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to our society and to the Catholic Church throughout history.

Merciful God, in this troubled world we live in, heal and renew us in these trying times. Inspire us to look beyond our own fears, self-absorption and indifference, and to listen to the voice of conscience within us that orients us towards truth, love and justice. May we learn to be a society free of embedded judgments and racism, and celebrate together our differences and our humanity. Amen. Adapted Prayer written by Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.