Throughout February, Covenant House California’s youth, staff, and supporters are celebrating Black History Month.
Over 40% of Covenant House California youth we serve are Black. In an effort to celebrate the culture, backgrounds, and experiences of our Black men and women, this month will be dedicated to empowering our youth through education, meaningful discussions, and creative expression.
Our Los Angeles and Oakland sites will host events for our young people including art projects, open mic/poetry jam, soul food competitions, workshops, Black History Month panel discussions, and more!
The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.
Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.
On Feb. 7, 1926, Carter G. Woodson (above), initiated the first celebration of Negro History Week which led to Black History Month, to extend and deepen the study and scholarship on African American history, all year long.
Black Lives Matter t-shirts are for sale through our Covenant House California Shop.
Did you know?
<6% of California youth are Black
>50% of homeless youth are Black in California
Black youth are 83% more likely to experience homelessness.