The following introduction is from: Black History Themes - (Trigger warning for link: Commentary on social violence).
This year's Black History Month theme 'Black Resistance' invites everyone to reflect on the historic and ongoing oppression of Black people in America. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History defines Black Resistance as the continued fight for freedom, safety, justice, and equality through "voluntary emigration, nonviolence, education, literature, sports, media, and legislation and politics".
As we reflect on this year's theme at The Resource Group, a few associates have shared what 'Black Resistance' means to them:
"No matter how many times a tree is cut down as long as our root system and that history is in place there's an opportunity for us to grow, and to me that is what Black resistance and Black history is all about."
"I believe resistance is not accepting no. Not accepting that you can't."
As Black History Month comes to an end, we call on everyone to continuously support the efforts of Black Americans in establishing and sustaining equity while also reflecting on our personal responsibilities related to allyship and progress.
Below are resources to learn more about Black history, Black resistance, and allyship.