Black History Month Takes Off

February is the month when the U.S. and Canada celebrate and remember important events in th​e​ history of the African diaspora in those countries. This tradition goes back to 1970 and is an important part of the ​yearly ​calendar. The contribution of LGBT African-Americans is also now being remembered.

It’s not only in politics, arts and culture that Black History Month thrives. Some of the events in the calendar can surprise people who focus on those areas. For example, on February 22, African American aviation pioneers will be the focus of an event​ in Washington, D.C. as Southwest Airlines celebrates significant contributions that African Americans have made to flight and space exploration.

Later in March, the National Black Law Students Association will hold their Annual Conference in Millwaukee, Wisconsin. The event promotes the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students.

In April, the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles will present its Silver Rose Awards. The organization provides victims of domestic violence support during crisis and helps them rebuild their lives.

Between July 17 and 20, Las Vegas will host the NAACP Youth Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics Program. This is a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students.

In September, there will be the ​​Women of Power Series Luncheon in Hampton (VA). ​African American women will be there to learn about and celebrate empowerment through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

All of the events mentioned are supported by Southwest Airlines, which also supports the ​​National Congress of Black Women at their annual luncheon. The NCBW is dedicated to the educational, political, economic, and cultural development of African American Women and their families.

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