Celebrating our differences and creating an inclusive work environment for all has never been more important than it is today. LifeCare is proud to recognize Black History Month, an annual heritage month dedicated to celebrating the achievements of African Americans in the United States.
In its raw form, Black History Month dates back to the early 1900s with Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland. Woodson and Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), a group that later sponsored the first national Negro History Week during the second week of February in 1926. This week was selected to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas.
Due in part to the civil rights movement and growing awareness of the black community, Negro History Week evolved to Black History Month and was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976.
LifeCare is honored to employ a talented workforce from all backgrounds with unique perspectives and experiences. Many of our associates celebrate Black History Month, including Administrative Assistant/Credentialing Coordinator Sherrie Richardson. She celebrates by helping the youth at her church learn about influential members of the black community, including inventors, educators, musicians and more; and recite their accomplishments to the congregation.
“Celebrating Black History Month and honoring past and present leaders of the black community is so important. Black history was not taught when I was in school so I had no idea there were so many African Americans inventors whose creations are still being utilized today,” she says.
For Director of Quality Management Danielle Smith, highlighting the rich history of the black community is key to our future and the generations to follow. “Each year my son completes an essay to recognize an African American who made a positive impact in history. I enjoy helping him with his essays because I am ensuring my son is aware of his history, worth and potential.”