Updated: Jan 14, 2019
The celebration of Black History Month in February is a way of remembering the often- forgotten contributions made by African Americans over the course of history. Since 1976 every American President has officially declared the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries, including Canada and the U.K. also celebrate black history.
Some of the most recognized names celebrated include Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelo, Jackie Robinson, Ben Carson, and Barack Obama. There are, however, countless other names, some easily recognizable and some rarely mentioned who have made significant contributions to America and to the world. Their names have become implanted in areas such as medicine, science, missions, social justice, politics, entertainment, sports, as well as the service industry. They are entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business owners. They have all made our world a better place in which to live!
There are also many very important African-Americans who made notable contributions in the field of Psychology:
Kenneth Bancroft Clark (1914-2005) played an important role in the judicial case Brown vs. The Board of Education, showing that segregation is psychologically damaging.
Francis Cecil Sumner (1895-1954) was the first African-American to receive his PhD in Psychology. He went on to help establish the Psychology Department at Howard University.
Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983) did important work with African-American children, showing that they internalized the way they were viewed by a society who often looked upon them with a racist point of view. She also helped determine that these children were often misdiagnosed due to biased psychological testing.
These are only a few of the African-Americans who had an impact on the field of psychology and ultimately counseling.
This month, and every month, counselors at eSupport, celebrate and appreciate the many contributions African-Americans have made to our world. In our daily work, we respect and value each and every person as a unique individual. Through counseling and community involvement, we work to create meaningful relationships with others, building connections and deep, heartfelt empathy. #welovecounseling #esupportcounseling #diversity