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Black History Month

2022 Theme – Black Health & Wellness

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. 

The West Linn Alliance supports Black History Month as a time to celebrate achievements by African Americans and recognize their role in shaping America. The Alliance also believes this month is a time to reflect on equity in our country and consider our ongoing work towards eliminating social and institutional barriers to equal opportunity for all Americans.

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States during the month of February. We encourage you throughout the year to celebrate and learn more about African Americans’ key role in U.S. history, and their vital contributions to American culture, past and present. Between February 1 and February 28, pick up a passport at the Lake Oswego Library (or print one by clicking the icon) and participate in the activities listed for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local Black-owned business! Participation is open to everyone.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up a passport from the Lake Oswego Library or download one here. Color in or add a checkmark to the box of each activity completed between February 1 and February 28. For more information about the activities, check out the suggestions and resources below.
  2. Fill out your contact information on the passport, and return it to the Lake Oswego Library by March 11.
  3. Notifications will be sent to winners of the random drawing by March 18, 2022.

Sponsored by African American Women of Lake Oswego and Surrounding Areas, the Lake Oswego Public LibraryLO for LOve, and Respond to Racism.