NASW Celebrates Black History Month
NASW promotes “the development of a high level of social work practice that encourages cultural competence among all social workers so that they can respond effectively, knowledgeably, sensitively, and skillfully to the diversity inherent in the agencies in which they work and with the clients and communities they serve”.
National Association of Social Workers Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (NASW, 2001)
NASW is committed to enhancing cultural and ethnic diversity through its policies, practices, and advocacy. The month of February commemorates the idea of equality, diversity, and a sense of pride for African Americans and is celebrated as Black History Month.
In 1926, African American historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to correspond with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln marking the passage of the 13th Amendment and the abolishment of slavery. In 1976, the celebration expanded to include the entire month of February.
NASW recognizes the ongoing contributions of African Americans throughout history. We pay special tribute to African American social work pioneers Whitney M.Young Jr., Inabel B. Lindsay, Lester B. Granger, and Dorothy Height who have made invaluable contributions to the social work profession and society.
FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES VISIT:
Weaving the Fabrics of Diversity, NASW President
Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship
Social work and the Black Experience
Spirituality and the Black Helping Tradition in Social Work
African American Leadership
Our Diverse Society