By Leah Harris
According to the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), the theme for Black History Month 2022 will focus on the extensive historical contributions of Black health and wellness practitioners, both in Western medicine and “other ways of knowing throughout the African diaspora,” such as midwives, herbalists, and healers. ASALH defines Black health and wellness to include “activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”
The discussion of the 2022 theme also explicitly includes and centers mental and emotional health: “Black Health and Wellness not only includes one’s physical body, but also emotional and mental health. At this point in the 21st century, our understanding of Black health and wellness is broader and more nuanced than ever.”
In honor of this year’s Black History Month theme, we’ve curated a variety of resources to explore and to share:
We hope you find these resources useful and informative – this Black History Month, and all throughout the year.
Leah Harris is a non-binary, queer, neurodivergent, disabled Jewish writer, facilitator, and organizer working in the service of truth-telling, justice-doing, and liberation. They’ve had work published in the New York Times, CNN, and Pacific Standard. You can learn more about their work at their website and follow them on Instagram.