February is Black History Month

Black History Month honors African American contributions. Lakeside offers a Trauma and Racism workshop to understand and heal racial trauma, vital for cultural sensitivity and appreciation.
Black grandparents teaching their grandkids.

Our American history is filled with amazing heroes who have contributed richly to our country and our culture. In the rush of our hectic lives, we often forget all those who have enhanced life through their leadership, courage, and impact. It’s enriching to discover the character and stories of our American heroes.

February is a month where we focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to the African Americans living in the United States today. 

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

We often are not aware of these amazing individuals who have conquered so many challenges and some significant oppression to contribute to our lives in such significant ways. Likewise, our children often do not know the names, stories, and contributions of these heroes.

It’s valuable for us to help our kids have an appreciation for black history. A good beginning is to expose them through books, historical articles, and media about the many individuals who have blessed us with their gifts, strengths, and sacrifices. An example of that kind of media for kids is this video which explains black history month and teaches us about many of those whose contributions should be honored.

Another part of black history is the reality of racism. Civil rights has been a difficult journey for our community of African-Americans. It has left a legacy of trauma that still is glaringly apparent and needs healing and restoration in our country.

Recognizing the relationship between racism and trauma, Lakeside Global Institute has developed a Trauma and Racism workshop we believe illuminates the depth and impact of the trauma of racism. For those who wish to raise their awareness of the impact of racism, I encourage you to learn about our Trauma and Racism workshop.

This month of black history should be one to honor, understand, and create healing for those who have been such a vital and valuable part of American heritage.

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