Black History Month

  • This year’s Black History Month theme is “African Americans and the Vote,” urging African American participation during this year’s presidential elections. This theme brings to attention the rise of black elected and appointed officials at the local and national levels and campaigns for equal rights legislation, as well as the role of African Americans in traditional and alternative political parties.
  • The WBDC encourages political participation of all individuals and advocates for the rights of underrepresented groups throughout the year. As we approach the 2020 elections and Census, this participation is especially important to ensure equal representation in Washington and across local and state elections.
  • This month, we celebrate the achievements of African American business owners and encourage investment in their success. African American women are one of the fastest growing populations of business owners in the country, but they are also one of the most under-funded.
  • Research suggests that women are more likely to reinvest in their communities when they are financially able to do so.[1] To improve our communities, we must invest in African-American women business owners.

[1] Lessons from Coca-Cola, Nestle And More On Investigating In Women Workers,” Forbes, October 28, 2016