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Black environmental heroes

Black environmental heroes

Nan Kirlin

Black History Month takes place in February.

Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week February 1926. This was in honor of Frederick Douglass’ birthday month and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday month. Fifty years later President Gerald Ford declared February Black History Month and retired the weeklong observance.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History chose the theme for this month: Black Health and Wellness. This topic is perfect timing as our country needs to embrace science, and all aspects of wellness. Wellness encompasses more than physical health. In fact, there are seven dimensions of wellness: psychological, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, occupational, and physical.

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