“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~Booker T. Washington
Carter G. Woodson and 100+ African American Inventors & Inventions
Black History Month Spotlight
February is the month where history, freedom, love and family come together to educate, cultivate, develop and grow.
In February our hearts proudly remember the shoulders of those named and unnamed civil rights activists whose spirit, bravery and fortitude progressed the movement of Black people forward. There is no question that without them there would be no National Freedom Day honoring the signing of the amendment that abolished slavery. No signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. No Carter G. Woodson conceiving Negro History Week in 1925 to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (February 12th and 14th respectively). No expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month. And no President Ford urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
In February our hearts are full of love, romance, peace and family as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, National Weddings Month, Random Acts of Kindness Week, American Heart Month, Bake for the Family Month, National Parent Leadership Month, Relationship Wellness Month, Random Acts of Kindess Day, and so much more. See our list of fun things for the family to celebrate, enjoy and explore in Family Time. Read quotes from Booker T. Washington and Franklin Thomas in Worth Repeating. Make a project out of this month’s Reunion Tip of the Month. Catch-up on the Institute’s latest Sticky Reunion Situation. And visit our Black History Month Spotlight posts.
On February 15th Dr. Vargus will be speaking at the 12th Annual Family Reunion Workshop hosted by Visit Fairfax and Reunions Magazine in Fairfax, VA. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Later this month we’ll provide hints and tips to help you continue, maintain, and pursue your New Year resolutions—especially those related to being a healthier family. And, we hope you don't forget to check out Black History Month observances in your local area.
This month we hope you stay safe, warm, and well. Take care of yourself, your family, and your family reunions, and encourage those around you to do the same.
- Family Time
- Worth Repeating
- Reunion Tip of the Month
- Sticky Reunion Situation
- Black History Month Spotlight
February photos courtesy of Yahoo images.
“One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender, instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.” ~Franklin Thomas
February is full of history and history maker’s including Black History Month, National Women Inventors Month, National Freedom Day, Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass, Abe Lincoln and George Washington. February is also the month of love, and it’s full of family and heart-filled celebrations and observances including Bake for Family Fun Month, American Heart Month, National Parent Leadership Month, National Wedding Month, Valentine’s Day, Relationship Wellness Month, and Random Acts of Kindness Week.
I’d really like our family members to get healthier. Too many of us are overweight/obese, not eating properly, and not doing any kind of exercise. Since you say reunions should be more than just a picnic, how can we introduce the idea of becoming a healthier family without offending family members. I’d really like our family members to get healthier. Too many of us are overweight/obese, not eating properly, and not doing any kind of exercise. Since you say reunions should be more than just a picnic, how can we introduce the idea of becoming a healthier family without offending family members.
What is Love?
Love is a call shortly after midnight,
just to ask, “You get home all right?
Love is support before, during and after
all of life’s crises and occasional disasters.
Love is secret jokes, and laughs from the belly.
Love is one of Auntie’s homemade rolls with jelly.
Love is poking fun with no offense taken,
and knowing no matter what, you’ll never be forsaken.
Love encourages you to do your best and pushes you along.
Love tells you you’re good and also warns you when you’re wrong.
Love let’s you know that you’re somebody; let’s you know you belong.
Love is a stream of memories that start in youth,
flow to the river of middle age, and become an ocean of truth.
Love embraces, enfolds, heals, defines.
Love is family. Thank you, God, for mine.
Douglas A. Harris
Black History Month Quotes
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Valentine’s Day is for families—just as well as couples. Our children, widowed parents and grandparents, single aunts, uncles and cousins, etc. need to be able to share in the giving and receiving of love too. So on Valentine’s Day, send messages of love and affection to family members to remind them that they are loved. Or, invite everyone over for a potluck dinner.