WellCare Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month – also known as African-American History Month in the United States – is observed every February in the U.S. and Canada and October in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

WellCare is proud to celebrate Black History Month, honoring the many important contributions and achievements African-Americans have made throughout our nation’s history.

What’s recognized today as a month-long event began in 1926 as “Negro History Week” by Carter G. Woodson, a historian, author, journalist and founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He, with the help of other prominent African-Americans, brought this idea to light and chose the month of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Booker T. Washington – key leaders in the fight to end slavery and bring equality to all Americans.

In 1976, under the Ford administration, February was officially recognized by the federal government as Black History Month. “Black History Month is distinguished in order to cultivate conversations around what our involvement in human history really meant,” said Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History at Howard University.

What a lot of people don’t know is that each year, Black History month is tied to a theme honoring African-Americans. This year, the focus is on “African-Americans in Times of War” and honors the roles that Blacks played in warfare throughout American History.

Join WellCare in celebrating Black History Month and remembering the important people and events that helped shape our country. Use the comments section below to tell us how you recognize this important month-long event.

3 thoughts on “WellCare Celebrates Black History Month

  1. I am in the process of organizing a Luncheon in our Department at the Community Assistance Line on 2/28/18 to celebrate Black History Month. This is the first that our department has done this since I started here at Wellcare almost 4 years ago. I think it is important to learn about different cultures and what better way than to eat Soul Food.


  2. “Black History Month” is the national recognition of African American achievements but for me it the celebration of my heritage. With that said, my admiration, my pride, and my blissful emotions towards my heritage are not restricted to the month of February, they are celebrated every day blessed day that I am granted.
    Recognized as a biracial woman in the South, I am the descendant of many great people. Daily homage is paid to my ancestors whom have fought for the countless historical moments, which have become the pillars that continue to lift our world up. Nevertheless, when just one person a day notices my disarming integrity, honesty, faith, pride, thoughtfulness, and leadership, I then say I have taken another step towards change in this empire called “The World” and I have made my ancestors proud.
    Live to be a better person than the one you were yesterday.

    Ontaneque Ottrix



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