Special Emphasis Programs promote fairness and equity in the delivery of programs to our customers. They also help to educate our workforce about diversity among various races, genders, ethnic, and cultural groups to foster a better understanding and appreciation of our differences.
February, also called Black History Month, is a time to honor, cherish, and salute the achievements of African Americans and to increase the awareness of the fight for civil rights. In the 1960s, as civil rights activists continued to affirm the importance of African Americans to American history, Negro History Week became Black History Month.
Carter G. Woodson, the father of black history reminded us that we should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. He continued, What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice. Only then will we live up to the Nation's creed of freedom.--Carter Woodson on founding Negro History Week, 1926
Other Related Links
- African American History
- African American Research
- Founder of Black History Month - Dr. Carter G. Woodson
- General Manual - Black Emphasis Program
- National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees (NOPBNRCSE)
- Notable African Americans
- USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
North Dakota Black Emphasis Program Manager
Forester, Rolla FO
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