February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the important role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
In honor of Black History Month, I want to highlight some wonderful organizations serving the black community.
Booker T. Washington Foundation A not-for-profit foundation that operates in five different areas: resource development, international development and cooperation, science and technology, telecommunications, and public policy research.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. A charitable group that provides educational, cultural, civic, and social programs for minority youth.
National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) This organization, based in Baltimore, MD, is the oldest black organization that fights for civil rights and equal opportunity.
National Urban League (NUL) The nation’s oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
Rainbow Push Coalition This organization, led by Jesse Jackson, fights for equal rights for minorities, women, and gays/lesbians.
Southern Poverty Law Center A not-for-profit organization whose primary task is the upholding of the legal rights of the poor in general.