A Century of Black Life, History and Culture: Past, Present and Future

Black History Month was created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 to commemorate the establishment of the 13th Amendment, which freed enslaved Africans in the United States. Today, Black History Month serves as one of our nation’s greatest reminders of the historical and contemporary contributions of Black Americans to American and global society.

As Planned Parenthood entered its centennial, Black History Month 2016 provided a unique opportunity for us to celebrate and lift up those who have fought at the intersections racial, gender, reproductive and LGBTQ justice. That’s why Planned Parenthood incorporated the theme of “Past, Present, and Future” to honor outstanding leaders during Black History Month 2016.

The theme of “Past, Present and Future” challenges us to reflect on our history, assess how far we have come, and envision the world we want — a world of freedom and justice for all people.

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