As I reflect on the meaning behind the 2021 Black History Month theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” I graciously think about the importance of knowing who you are and how you identify yourself to fit into this world. It is a fact that there is importance in how we define ourselves and what we represent for the greater good of humanity. Studies have shown that there is absolute strength in diversity. FEW is an organization that explores all aspects of diversity and this month we highlight and celebrate the contribution of the Black family; those who advance our cause and join us in working for the advancement of women the government.” There is no doubt that Black people have contributed in numerous advancements in our society and made several cracks in the glass ceiling. Our nation is better because of their inclusion, representation and contributions.
Just like any masterpiece painting, the reflection of different shades adds depth and value. The black family for many generations told the story of survival and elevation. With the record-breaking feats in science, medicine, technology, politics, sports and so much more; the black family’s identity, representation has become more prevalent and recognizable. Our first National President, Ms. Allie Latimer, is a black woman who is now honored in The Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York because of her representation of excellence and knowing her identity. Today I asked her what does she think about this year’s theme and she said, “The Black family is the glue that has held many of us together and allowed us to stand strong on each other’s shoulders to propel the mission and values of FEW forward. FEW recognize the importance of operating in love, service and support of others to reach down in love and support to pull other up – another rung on the ladder. This is one of the keys to our success as we include and reflect everyone’s story during the Black History Month celebration.”
FEW celebrate Black History Month; noting that the Black family is part of the nucleus of American history. Whether good or bad, Black family have help defined the American dream.