Black History Month is observed in the United States, recognizing, celebrating, and honoring the achievements and contributions of the black populations and their role in the United States’ history. Heart of Florida United Way is excited to celebrate Black History Month! We recognize that the black community has contributed tremendously to the innovation and uniqueness of our culture and daily lives. The development of complex tools such as laser fuels, the automatic gear shift, the first alarm system, and blood banks, along with more commonly used daily items such as peanut butter, folding chairs, and the clothes dryer, all add convenience, ease, and safety to our lives. As we honor the black community and their immense contribution to our country, we must acknowledge the continued fight for equality this community experiences to this day.
Often, Black History is spoken about on a larger scale, which leaves individuals unaware of Black History within their community. Major black historical events have happened within the Central Florida area: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, the historical presence of the Ku Klux Klan in St. Cloud, and the dissolution of Goldsboro in 1911.
Economic disparity, racial discrimination, hate crimes, medical mistreatment, and bias, to name a few, have been plaguing the communities for centuries. This Black History Month, Heart of Florida United Way has highlighted organizations that specifically serve the black community here in Central Florida. Thank you to the Central Florida Urban League, Hebni Nutrition, and New Image Youth Center for all the work you do and for joining Heart of Florida United Way to fight for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in Central Florida.