February is African American/Black History Month. This year’s theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” speaks to the ongoing struggle and importance of African Americans’ right to vote. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to utilize the ballot after the Civil War.
The theme of the vote includes the rise of African American elected and appointed officials at the local and national levels, campaigns for equal rights legislation, as well as the role of African Americans in traditional and alternative political parties.
The Bishop McNamara community will host its annual Black History Month Assembly on February 21st honoring the lives and achievements of African-Americans and people of color. Check our calendar for event times and be sure to see our follow up report on this event which promises to inspire our students and empowers them to be leaders of tomorrow!