Black History Month

Goodwill Celebrates Black Excellence

By Cynthia Alexander

Black History Month

Celebrating Black History month is also a celebration of American history and Black excellence. Black Americans have played an integral part in the growth and sustainability of our country and we honor Black excellence in inventors like George Washington Carver, who was a leader in promoting environmentalism. He received numerous honors for his work including the Roosevelt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Southern Agriculture and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Another example of Black excellence is Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Black History Month is also a great opportunity to reflect on the contributions that Black people have made in the fields of healthcare and science. There have been so many trailblazers who broke down barriers and shattered stereotypes. People like Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931), MD, who performed the world’s first successful open-heart surgery. Dr. Williams went on to help found the National Medical Association for Black professionals as they were then barred from the American Medical Association.  Another incredible leader in her field is Kizzmekia Corbett, MS, PhD. Dr. Corbett is the scientific lead of the coronavirus team at the National Institute of Health’s Vaccine Research Center and was instrumental in the research that ultimately led to the development of one of the early COVID-19 vaccines. These Black Americans amongst many others, were pioneers who made significant and lasting contributions to our nation.

Goodwill is proud to honor the richness and diversity of the Black communities we serve across the Bay Area. Click here for a curated a list of resources including recommended movies, books, how to support Black owned businesses and where to attend local events.

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