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February 16, 2021

Black History Month

Join us in celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the histories and amplifying the voices of Black leaders, inventors, activists, artists, freedom fighters, speakers, and thinkers whose courage and excellence helped pave the way to a brighter future for our youth and the world.

Honoring Black history, and its impacts, is particularly poignant during this historical moment. In 2020, we witnessed a global unveiling of the very current and deeply pervasive realities of racial injustice. And in response, millions of people from all over the world took to the streets to proudly affirm Black Lives Matter.

Though the road ahead in the fight for social justice is long, Friends-SF remains committed and will continue to do the difficult work of dismantling the overt and subtle legacies of oppression. Setting up a standard of equity from the inside out, we are taking action to ensure we are standing up for our staff of color and the children and families we serve. Until all our youth can look forward to a dignified future. One where equality is not elusive.

Here are a few meaningful ways to celebrate Black History:

A few things to keep in mind when supporting a generation to endure and overcome the difficult obstacles that remain in fight for justice*:

As we honor and celebrate Black History Month, keep this in mind — we often hear that children are our future, but they’re also our present. Let’s continue to guide them, protect them, and equip them so that they can march on and build an equitable future for all.

*Adopted from a statement released by Benjamin Carlton, Chief Equity officer at Friends of the Children.