Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson, Harvard historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, recognized the need for the uplifting of Black voices and the truth behind Black contributions to society. He created Negro History week in 1925 which was expanded after his death from a week to a month for Black History Month in 1976 with the decree from President Gerald R. Ford that Americans ought to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history”. 


YWCA Greater Cincinnati honors this month by celebrating the contributions, experiences, and victories of Black people throughout our history AND by celebrating Black history being made in our organization this month with the onboarding of our FIRST Black CEO of YWCA Greater Cincinnati in 154 years. We also honor the ongoing struggle of the Black community across the diaspora and continue the fight to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all throughout this month and every month. Black history is American history.

Adapted from the Library of Congress
Congress, The Library of, et al. “Black History Month.” Black History Month,


YWCA & Community BHM Events

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  • Ohio Black History Month Activities
  • Join our Partners The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for some amazing Black History Month opportunities!
  • Sunday, 2/5: YWCA Racial Justice and Equity Department presentation at Urban League Young Professionals of Southwestern Ohio Racial Healing Luncheon
  • Thursday, 2/16: Join our YWCA Racial Justice and Equity Director and communities across Ohio at the Imagining Community Symposium  


Celebrate Black History Month all month long!

Celebrate Black History Month 2023

Join our community partners at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Black History Month for Fifth Third Free Community Days, Panel Discussions, and more!


Black History is American History Every Day

How do you honor Black History every day?

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