January 31, 2020

This year PFLAG National is honoring Black History Month across PFLAG National's social channels, elevating heroes, sharing events, and more. 

We can't kick off a celebration of Black History Month without sharing information on the founders: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). ASALH was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, with a mission to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. Visit their website above, and click here to follow them on Twitter.

From ASALH, the theme for Black History Month 2020 is African Americans and the Vote:

"The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.  The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. This theme has a rich and long history, which begins at the turn of the nineteenth century, i.e., in the era of the Early Republic, with the states’ passage of laws that democratized the vote for white men while disfranchising free black men. Thus, even before the Civil War, black men petitioned their legislatures and the US Congress, seeking to be recognized as voters. Tensions between abolitionists and women’s suffragists first surfaced in the aftermath of the Civil War, while black disfranchisement laws in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries undermined the guarantees in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments for the great majority of southern blacks until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The important contribution of black suffragists occurred not only within the larger women’s movement, but within the larger black voting rights movement. Through voting-rights campaigns and legal suits from the turn of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, African Americans made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote.  Indeed the fight for black voting rights continues in the courts today.  The theme of the vote should also include the rise of black elected and appointed officials at the local and national levels, campaigns for equal rights legislation, as well as the role of blacks in traditional and alternative political parties."

Click here to download a printable pdf with more information on this year's theme. 

In support of this year's theme, here are some helpful links:

Here are some more ways we'll be honoring the month:

Online/Social Media

#HeroADay

Each day on social media we'll be elevating notable LGBTQ+ Black people who have made history in a variety of fields. To find the post each day, visit all three of our platforms, and help us elevate the messages--and signal boost the heroes--by sharing, along with the hashtags #BlackHistoryMonth, #HeroADay, and #PFLAGProud. 

The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers

From our friends at Google, this is a don't-miss and must-share video. Share it with the hashtags above, and with #TheMostSearched.

Events

1000Strong at the Moral March on Raleigh

"1000STRONG" represents the intended number of LGBTQ+ people and allies who will march together at the 2020 Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People's Assembly.  The 1000STRONG Coalition is organized by the NC NAACP's LGBTQ Committee, which exists to fight the stigma and exclusionary practices of the past. HKonJ is an annual event hosted by the HKonJ Coalition, during which over 125 North Carolina NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters and over 200 other social justice organizations march to stand against legislative attacks on the people of North Carolina, and to demand that state leaders pass policies that protect the state's marginalized communities. PFLAG National is proud to work in partnership and sponsorship on this important event, including the 2020 Moral March on Raleigh. Want to join the 100Strong Coalition? Learn more and sign up by clicking here

The NAACP Image Awards

From our friends and partners at the NAACP, the Image Awards are coming to BET on February 22nd. Learn more, and take a moment to vote for Entertainer of the Year!

Have more ideas and links we can share? Send them to Liz Owen, Director of Communications, at lowen@pflag.org
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