Hope, Legacy and Passion: Black History Month
A young, black Harvard graduate named Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month. A historian and professor, Woodson campaigned for what was known in 1926 as Negro History Week. After many years, this week evolved into Black History Month.
Donate Life America has added Black History Month as an official celebration – to celebrate the lives of African American transplant recipients, to remember African American donors and to recognize African Americans who advocate for the cause.
Organ, eye and tissue donation embodies Black History Month’s passion for life. Marian Wright Edelman, an African American activist for the rights of children, wrote, “You really can change the world if you care enough.” In an article appearing in theGrio, it took just one photo of a stranger to reach out to a dying man, donate one of his kidneys and save his life. Organs don’t see color. People who become donors see a nation of people in need of a lifesaving gift. We celebrate their gifts as we celebrate the diversity of our beautiful nation.
Today, there are 3,158 African American Texans in need of a lifesaving organ transplant; many more are in need of tissue transplants.
Wilma Rudolph, an African American athlete and Olympic gold medalist once said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and in the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”