Marcus Garvey, Jamaican national - founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association. He founded the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.
In the United States, February is Black History Month. The United Kingdom and Canada also have a month in which they recognize the contributions and historical accounts of people of African descent past and present.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Nigerian national - created the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF), organisations that promoted women’s rights to education, employment and to political participation
As a Black, Jamaican-American woman, living in the United States, having lived overseas in the Arab world, traveled to different countries, and having Caribbean “secondary” roots (primary would be Africa)…I am here to tell you that Black History is not something that happens in a month, and then goes away. It’s not something that is just an American holiday either. In fact, Black history is all around us, worldwide, 12 months a year, 24/7, 365 days a year. There are sooo many people of African descent all
over the world that did and are currently doing great work whose names we will never know. And many are just a google search away.
Dr. José Celso Barbosa Alcala, Afro-Latino, he was the first Puerto Rican to earn a medical degree in the United States
Now some people may say, "Why do we even need a Black History month? Aren’t we all human?" Yes. We all are human, but unfortunately we are NOT all treated, perceived or recognized as being human and usually it’s because of the phenotype that God gave us people of African descent…black skin. The world has been groomed to believe that anything black is synonymous with bad, dumb, ugly or dangerous. That is simply NOT the truth. In fact, this belief is the foundation of prejudice, self-hatred, racism, discrimination and hatred from other groups. It has caused a lot of harm all over the world. This belief system has also contributed to uncivil, inhumane judicial and legislation practices not to mention discriminatory practices in housing, banking, education, healthcare, socio-economic and other social institutions and structures. All of this affects health, wellness and lifestyle because when you have a certain population worldwide that is treated with harm just because of the color of their (black) skin, the damage is collateral, psychological, emotional, economic and even physical.
José Chucho Garcia - Afro-Latino Venezuela: founder of the “Miguel Acosta Saigne” Center for Afroamerican Studies at the Universidad Cental de Venezuela (UCV).
So this is why there is a Black History month. If you are a black man, woman or child and you read or watch about the positive contributions of fellow Black people (around the world) it makes you stand a lot taller, prouder and gives you inspiration and motivation for your own life. This is important especially if you face daily discrimination because of your race and if the images in media of black people are negative.
It also teaches non-black people who may not have known about the past and present contributions of Black people all over the world. I don't know how people cannot know with all of the different modes of media today, but nonetheless education is important for self-preservation and the elimination of indoctrinated lies, bigotry, ignorance and generational discrimination.
Garrett Morgan, United States of America (USA) - invented the traffic light, hair straighteners and others inventions
Google is a wonderful place to educate yourself and your children. You can do a search on Blacks from America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Canada and other geographic places that have done and continue to do great things.
Paul Stephenson (pictured in middle) British national - Stephenson led a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company, protesting against its refusal to employ Black or Asian drivers or conductors. After a 60-day boycott supported by thousands of Bristolians, the company revoked its colour bar in August
My total well-being is a multi-dimensional condition that is influenced by more than just the foods I consume or the number of squats I can do. It (well-being) is affected by the day-to-day interactions on a social and institutional level. My blackness plays a significant part in those interactions and therefore, must be recognized and factored in to the equation of health, wellness and lifestyle.
Happy Black History Month today and every day, all around the world.