Today is February 1st and that means it's the first day of Black History Month. For the next 28 days, people around the United States, and the world, will be uplifting the history and accomplishments, achievements and contributions of African, Black, and Caribbean people. You'll probably hear a lot about Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights champions that helped to fight for equity and access during the first part of the 20th century.
What you may not hear a lot about is the deep history of science, math, and technology that African, Black, and Caribbean people have gifted to the world and have mastered for millennia.
Did you know that Africans were some of the first mathematicians? Have you ever heard of a place called Kemet? How have ancient traditional African dance and other elements of Black culture influenced modern dance moves and tik-tok sensations?
Imagine if this information was more well-known. Imagine the impact it would have on people who are a part of the African and Caribbean diaspora.
Throughout the month, and throughout the year, HCN will be uplifting the stories, traditions, history, and achievements of African, Black, and Caribbean people. Especially those in the United States, and especially those in and around San Francisco. We'll also be highlighting local Black-owned businesses and encouraging folks throughout the year to patronize and support these amazing individuals and teams.
At HCN we take an Afrocentric approach to mental health care and community building. For us, every day is Black History Month because at HCN it's Black history 365.
To learn more about the work HCN does or how you can get involved with some Black-centric activities, contact us on our website or by direct message on our social media channels! Use our Linktree for all of the ways to connect with us: https://linktr.ee/hcnkidssf
Photo source: https://www.amplifyafrica.org/africa-made-math-the-original-mathematicians/