Seemingly overnight, COVID-19 turned our world upside down. Just a few months ago, we roamed the world freely without masks or gloves. We weren’t worried about being 6 feet apart or making others feel uncomfortable when you pass them in the grocery aisle. We lived our normal lives, the way we always have, and had no reason to think this virus could rock our world so severely.
Earlier this week, we shared a desperate need for diapers on our Facebook page. Within no time, messages came flooding in, offering diapers or asking what else they could do to help. Despite our limited hours, we have had community members drop off donations, leave donations for pick up on their porch, and send in orders from Sam’s Club and Amazon. In the midst of crisis and uncertainty, our community has stepped in to take care of one another. We are so grateful.
Black History Month was originally “Negro History Week” created by historian, Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The “week” coincided with the birthdates of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Black History Month was first proposed by black educators at Kent State University in 1969. The first Black History Month was celebrated in 1970. The year I was born. However, it still took six years for it to be recognized and celebrated nationally after it was publicly recognized by President Gerald Ford.