The month of February is Black History Month–a time to remember and celebrate the rich history of African Americans, the achievements of the civil rights movement and the work of new social justice leaders.
Black History Month dates back to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week” to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the celebration was officially recognized and expanded and every U.S. president since then has celebrated Black History Month during the month of February.
This month, the UFCW will pay tribute to African American labor leaders who fought for fair wages, dignity in the workplace, and the freedom to organize in spite of considerable barriers. We will also highlight new leaders who continue to fight for social and economic justice. If your local has a member activist you would like to profile during Black History Month, please contact Julie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.