In honor of Black History Month, SIETAR USA acknowledges and applauds both the accomplishments and contributions of the African American community. The goals of justice, dignity, and equity are well worth the struggle. We are reminded of Dr. King’s words, “if it’s worth fighting for, it’s a fight worth having.”
Black History Month has a long history dating back to 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History declared the second week in February to be “Negro History Week.” It began as an educational effort which continues to this day—an opportunity for schools and churches to inform students, community members, and parishioners about the role of African Americans in the history of the United States and the world. The week evolved into a month through an initiative begun in 1969 by Black educators and students at Kent State University. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. While it is indeed Black History Month, it is important to recognize that Black History is American History.
SIETAR USA takes this opportunity to celebrate Black excellence in all its forms and would especially like to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the leadership, scholarship, and support of the Black members within our association. In several important ways, SIETAR USA serves as a bridge between the intercultural field and the field of diversity, inclusion and social justice. We take that role seriously and look forward to a future of continuing dialog, exploring mutual concerns, and friendship.