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Black History Month

February is Black History Month and United Way of Bartholomew County is proud to partner with Black History Month Columbus to bring you information, events, and advocacy ideas for how you can celebrate Black History Month in our local community and acknowledge and recognize the resilience of Black people in our community, state, and country.

Black History Month Columbus

Black History Month Columbus is about celebrating Black culture, telling the true stories of Black history, and honoring the legacy and accomplishments of the Black community. This year, we are focusing on stories of resilience as we reflect on Black success in the face of injustice. Black history is American history and Black History Month is for everyone. We warmly invite, and look forward to connecting with, our neighbors from all walks of life to learn more about Black history and to celebrate the Black community in Columbus and beyond. We aim to create momentum for community healing through inspiring and educational experiences. Learn more about Black History Columbus by clicking here. 

Racial Wealth Gap: A hands-on look at the historic resilience of people of color.

United Way's simulation is an interactive event that will help you understand the connections among historic racial inequities in wealth. This in-person experience is for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality. During this event, participants learn how 11 federal policies created structural inequalities—property ownership and education are just two among many areas affected—and how these policies have historically affected communities of color. The simulation guides participants to an understanding of why racial equity is so important to closing the wealth gap in the United States. Our hope is that participants, in becoming more aware of structural inequality, can support policies that undo and/or reduce disparities. Register for this event here. 

Making an impact: Celebrating historical moments in health, education, and financial stability

Financial Stability Moment in History

May 12, 1968: Thousands of Black women, led by Coretta Scott King, begin the first demonstrations in the Poor People’s Campaign. After building Resurrection City on the National Mall, they stayed in temporary shacks for over a month in a fight for jobs, unemployment insurance and a higher minimum wage.

Health Moment in History

July 9, 1893: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs the first successful open-heart surgery at the black-owned, interracial hospital he founded in Chicago. Both Dr. Williams and his patient were Black.

Education Moment in History

April 23, 1951: 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns leads a strike to protest segregation and poor conditions at her Virginia high school. Her leadership inspires local lawyers to sue the federal government, a case that eventually becomes part of the landmark Brown v. Board decision.