Black History Month

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

THE BLACK FAMILY: REPRESENTATION, IDENTITY, AND DIVERSITY.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh would not be here without the immense contributions of African American leaders and trailblazers who helped shape our Y's, the families who look to the Y for community and connection, and the future efforts to make our Y's more accessible for all.

UNLEARNING SYSTEMATIC RACISM - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th 12pm

Please mark your calendars and make plans to join a virtual town hall meeting hosted by the Y’s African American CEOs to continue our discussion on the critical topic of unlearning systemic racism.

We’ll build on the meaningful conversations we had during our first town hall last July when a long list of esteemed and passionate speakers helped us explore the devastating impact of racism in our communities.

When we gather again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) Feb. 24, we’ll dive deeper into a conversation about health equity, hear young changemaker perspectives on the topic of systemic racism, and much more.

All Y staff and volunteers are invited to participate, and the event is also open to the public. A speakers list and agenda will be available in the coming weeks, but early registration is available now.

REGISTER

WEAR BLACK - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26th 

We invite you and your Y to join us for We Wear Black on Feb 26, to take a stand against injustice and racism in all forms. We Wear Black to bring awareness to systemic racism and oppression of Black people in the United States and around the globe. Join us.

YWCA OF PITTSBURGH - 21 DAY CHALLENGE

The 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Our challenge starts on Monday, March 1st and continues (Monday –Friday) through March 29th.

Each day of the challenge you will be presented with activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

RECIPE OF THE MONTH: VEGETARIAN AFRICAN PEANUT STEW

This delicious stew is inspired by the many versions of peanut stew made in several countries across West Africa. The recipe and names for the stew vary from region to region, some of the names being: groundnut stewmaafe, or domoda, to name a few. The common thread between these regional recipes is a tomato broth made rich and creamy with peanut butter, and seasoned with plenty of delicious spices. The flavors are simply incredible. 

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The ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORYnd History

Join the ASALH for a month-long speaker series of poets, artists, and creators aimed at opening minds and challenging norms in our culture. View the link below for more information.

Virtual Festival Marquee Event: A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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44 OF THE BEST BOOKS BY BLACK AUTHORS YOU SHOULD READ IN YOUR LIFETIME
From Oprahmag.com

You should always celebrate Black voices (not just during Black history month, y'all), and literature is one of the best ways to honor some of the community's most illuminating stories. Thanks to the work of African American authors, the world can better understand both the struggles and triumphs of Black people in America. From wise artists like Maya Angelou to new voices like Marlon James and Kiley Reid, and leaders like the Obamas, we've gathered some of the all time best books by Black authors to add to your reading list.

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DISCOVER ART ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR CHILD TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Found at: https://www.facinghistory.org/educator-resources/current-events/art-imagination-quest-racial-justice

Resources gathered by https://www.eastendfood.coop/black-lives-matter-educational-resources/