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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:

Diversity
http://www.socialworkers.org/diversity

Weaving the Fabrics of Diversity, NASW President
http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/news/2006/09/desilva.asp

NASW Foundation
Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship
http://www.naswfoundation.org/lyons.asp

NASW Press

Social work and the Black Experience
http://www.naswpress.org/publications/books/diversity/black_experience/257X.html

Spirituality and the Black Helping Tradition in Social Work
http://www.naswpress.org/publications/books/diversity/spirituality/3223.html

African American Leadership
http://www.naswpress.org/publications/books/diversity/african_american_leadership/3177.html

Our Diverse Society
http://www.naswpress.org/publications/books/diversity/ourDiverseSociety/372X.html

 
   
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