Black History Month began as a single week in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson to recognizes and celebrates the rich cultural heritage and contributions of black Americans. It became a month-long celebration in 1976 and has been recognized by every U.S president since Gerald Ford.
Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) selects a national theme to bring attention to important developments in the Black narrative that merit emphasis. This year the ASALH has chosen to focus on importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.
Image from ASALH website