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Celebrate Black History Month 2022: Home

This supplementary research guide was created to highlight resources available through the WOU library, as well as external sites of interest.

Celebrating Black History Month 2022: Black Health and Wellness

The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

In the still overhanging shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black people should and do use data and other information-sharing modalities to document, decry, and agitate against the interconnected, intersecting inequalities intentionally baked into systems and structures in the U.S. for no other reason than to curtail, circumscribe, and destroy Black well-being in all forms and Black lives. Moreover, Black communities must look to the past to provide the light for our future, by embracing the rituals, traditions and healing modalities of our ancestors. These ways of knowing require a decolonization of thought and practice.

Read the complete Executive Summary for the 2022 Theme at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History website

The ASALH compiled a list of resources aligning with the Black History Month 2022 theme of health and wellness. Links to those resources and materials are below.

Black Health and Wellness: Recommended Reading