For as long as I can remember, the decision to dedicate the month of February to honoring the achievements of people from the African Diaspora has been met with mixed emotions.
Many people of African heritage have asked, “Why are the achievements of our ancestors recognized for only one month out of twelve?” They went on to view this designation as insensitive and inconsistent when compared with the years this history was not taught or recognized.
For others, in February 1976, when former President Gerald Ford extended what was then known as African Heritage week to what would become African Heritage month, this was a major victory. The month-long celebration was embraced as an important way to recognize the significant contributions our ancestors made to America.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. As a nation, we have truly come a mighty long way.
Throughout February, many remarkable Brooklyn institutions will host programs for African Heritage month. Brooklyn Legends applauds these efforts and receives them in the spirit of celebration. We embrace the position that the accomplishments of people from the African Diaspora and the Caribbean transcend time. This is especially true for the heroines you will read about here at Brooklyn Legends. They embody the grace, determination and hard work which will impact future generations
In honor of African Heritage month, and the first year anniversary of Brooklyn Legends, we proudly salute the phenomenal Brooklyn women we have featured this past year. The stories that we have shared are archived on our blog. If you would like to become reacquainted with each one, please use our search browser.
Here’s our salute to another African heritage month, and another year of Brooklyn Legends. We are proud to have you share this journey with us. Stay tuned for more highlights of some of Brooklyn’s most dynamic achievers.
Have a wonderful week!