Black History Month is an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement. The theme of this year’s Black History Month, which starts Feb. 1, is “Black Health and Wellness.” We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic in which racism has been labeled a “public health crisis” and there is an ever-growing awareness about the ways in which African Americans have been disproportionately affected by health concerns.
This year, Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Short, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes will discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.
The theme for this month’s Black History Month will be unveiled officially on Feb. 1st by the new president of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, Associate Professor Emeritus and former Interim Director of the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas, Arlington, and former Deputy Director and COO of the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas. To read more about this month’s theme and previous themes, click on this link to the ASALH website.
This year’s Black History Month Virtual Festival includes the marquee event, Black Bodies: From Exploitation to Excellence, a two part-series exploring the historic exploitation of African Americans for the advancement of scientific and medical discovery. Both sessions will illuminate how these challenges and practices were used to leverage change in the medical profession, yet foster resilience and excellence in our communities. Other events that analyze and illuminate the theme and importance of Black Health and Wellness in the African American experience including a forum on the “Psychological Legacy of Slavery,” in partnership with the National Park Service; several book talks co-sponsored with PBS Books featuring Harriet A. Washington and Dr. Sandro Galea; the Second Annual ASALH Book Prize Award; and special programming from the ASALH Manhattan Branch.
A highlight of this year’s festival is a moderated conversation with Dulaney and a president of a historically Black medical school and professional health organizations. The conversation will cover a broad landscape of topics addressing Black Health and Wellness, from the historical significance of the establishment of Black medical schools and professional organizations, and the scientific contributions of Black medical professionals to contemporary issues related to health disparities, diversity, equity and inclusion in the health professions, medical ethics and public trust in medical practice.
Here are the blogs from last year’s Black History Month: