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Updated: Feb 3, 2022

This year's theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays homage to African-American medical scholars and health care providers.

Black History Month, every February, celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history. "There is no American history without African American history," said Sara Clarke Kaplan, executive director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. "The Black experience is embedded in "everything we think of as 'American history'."

Eliza Ann Grier, M.D., (1864 – 1902) an emancipated slave, was the first African American woman licensed to practice medicine in the state of Georgia. It took her seven years to finish medical school because she alternated each year of school with a year of picking cotton to pay tuition. She was an OBGYN. (from


Click on the link below for a very good NPR story about how 'Negro History Week' evolved into 'Black History Month.'

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