February 01, 2022

DHS Celebrates Black History Month

During Black History Month, observed each February, we come together to celebrate important people and events that shaped American history. Every year, we recognize the achievements by African Americans and their central, transformative role in U.S. history.

It began as a weeklong event organized by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Celebrations spread in local communities across the country, and in 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald R. Ford.  

Each year, ASALH presents a theme for Black History Month. The 2022 theme “Black Health and Wellness” acknowledges the important legacy of Black scholars, doctors and public health professionals, and their efforts to raise and resolve disparities in health care. To learn more about this year’s theme, visit asalh.org.

On our social media channels, DHS will share some inspiring stories about African American leaders in human services ranging from Carrie Steele Logan, who founded the first predominantly Black orphanage in Georgia, to Dr. Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon, who serves the children of Atlanta today. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to learn more about these great individuals and their incredible impact on families in Georgia.