Alka's Angle February 4, 2022

Dear Broadway Family,

February is observed as Black History Month. 

 

Carter G. Woodson of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASALH), created Negro History Week in February 1926, and Congress passed “National Black History Month” into law in 1986, to encourage all people to understand the black experience and their struggle for freedom. 

 

The theme for this year is "Black Health and Wellness," focusing on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. It was no secret, but the COVID pandemic has revealed it publicly that the Black and Brown communities are underserved by healthcare.  

 

2011 study estimates that the economic costs of health disparities due to race for African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos from 2003 thru 2006 was a little over $229 billion. Not just healthcare, black and brown people also experience pay inequity. Reports from early 2020 found that the Black white wealth gap widened in the 2000s, and worsened during the pandemic.  

 

I invite us to become part of the solution of this disparity. Let us start by learning about the history, and then 

 

  • Make effort to shop at Black owned businesses,
  • Speak up against any race injustice that you may witness at your work place, business or school.
  • Donate to the work Anti-Racism daily 
  • Join us for worship this month and celebrate black music, the stories of black people, the resilience and those who work tirelessly to bring justice to communities of culture. 

 

Friends, let us celebrate together the life and stories of our siblings, and let us continue to do our part in making this world and just and safer place for all God’s people! Please stay safe and take good care of yourself. I will see you in worship.  

 

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