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Black History Month






The theme for 2019 is "Black Migrations. " The Association for the Study of African American

Life and History says the theme will focus on "the movement of African Americans to new

destinations and subsequently to new social realities."

Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the contributions of African Americans.

The theme, "Black Migrations" tracks the continuous movement of blacks from the American South to the industrialized North and beyond; as they moved from the farm to the cities, and from poverty to the national stage in business, politics, literature and the arts. Beginning in the early 20th century, a growing number of black industrial leaders and black entrepreneurs emerged as families relocated from farms to cities, and from the South to the more industrialized Northeast and Mid-west.

Along with the emergence of new music genres - like ragtime, blues, and jazz -the Harlem Renaissance in New York City also signaled a blossoming of the visual and literary arts. Well into the century, blacks continued to break the color barrier in sports, business and politics, and have recently challenged the traditional bastions of wealth and power to gain popular support at the local, state, and national level.

Black History Month first originated as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who launched Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February - between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. Today, other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote an entire month to celebrating black history.

The Web is a great place to find out more about that history - in poetry, literature, the arts, sciences, sports and entertainment - making Black History Month a time of fun, celebration, and learning.

St. Luke's Dining Site

 
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Under the direction of Shirley Taylor, Evelyn Dyson and Katreina Phillips, this location is one of six Senior Dining sites that are a part of the Osceola Council on Aging’s Nutrition Program. 


Currently, there are 38 seniors who gather on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 12 noon to socialize and participate in activities and a meal. During Black History Month, the Osceola Council on Aging would like to thank all those who have helped to make this senior dining location a great success.