Weekly Editorial: Black history month


Every year since 1976, in the month of February, many Americans reflect upon the culture and heritage of the Black community while remembering and honoring the lives and contributions of African Americans throughout history. 

Since the foundations of black history month were established, there has been a new theme that focuses on Black contributions and accomplishments in a specific area. This year, the theme for Black History is “Black Health and Wellness”. This not only encompasses the various important figures in the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners but also considers the various rituals and initiatives Black communities have undertaken in order to become prevalent in fields of health and medicine. 

In order to foster good health and wellness, black people have embarked on self-determination, mutual aid, and social support initiatives to build hospitals, medical schools, and nursing schools.

Grassroot organizations and aid societies have continued to fight for the disparities faced by the Black community in terms of healthcare. Initiatives such as diversifying the medical field allow for stereotypes to be broken and progress to be made in the field of health and wellness.

A few eminent figures in the field of health and wellness within the black community include Dr. McDuffie Moore, the first black physician to become prominent within the medical field, Dr. Lee Crumpler, the first black female physician who opened a successful medical practice in Boston, and Dr. Ben Carson, a trailblazer in the fields of neurology, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics. 

As the month comes to an end, it is important for students and future generations to understand the history behind the meaning of this month while further educating themselves about the importance of this community. As Vanguard news, we strive to create an environment that fosters inclusivity, understanding, and kindness and we believe it is important for all of us to continue honoring and standing with the black community in the face of injustice.