February is Black History Month and DelArc is honored to join the nation in recognizing the role and achievements of African Americans. This nationally recognized focus month was started by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. We are joined by other countries, including Canada and The United Kingdom, in dedicating a month to highlight the contributions of African Americans to their nations growth and development.
The very foundation of our mission is to recognize, celebrate and give voice to groups of people who have been largely marginalized, oppressed, under-valued and at times, abused. It has been our mission to be the change and we are excited to be part of The Arc New York’s diversity, equity and inclusion 2022 goals. With a vast, state-wide survey we have begun the first steps in this DEI initiative and look forward to the next steps that will allow us to continue to support, acknowledge, and be inclusive to everyone in more and better ways.
Here’s a great article by Respect Ability, an organization dedicated to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities. This article celebrates Black History Month acknowledging the more than 5.5 million African Americans living with disabilities.