At IMPACT, we know that Black history is American history and that the two cannot be separated. With that full knowledge, during this month dedicated to the discovery and remembrance of history for, by, and about Black Americans, we humbly invite you to join us for a journey we’re calling “History, Identity, Rootedness.”
Throughout February, we’ll be exploring stories and topics related to the Black experience, up close and personal, here in Montgomery County and in Maryland. Here’s what to expect:
> Via our social media accounts, we’ll be digging into history weekly to share the stories of local Black activists and notable civil rights events.
> We’ll be supporting the “Buy Black” movement by highlighting local Black-owned enterprises throughout the month.
> February 18 — We’ll host an online film and discussion event to explore the Cambridge, Maryland civil rights protests that helped spark the Black Power movement. A facilitated Black affinity group discussion will follow the viewing.
> February (date tbd) — We’ll be joined by local anthropologist Dr. Elgin Klugh for an online discussion of Tamarack Triangle, a historically Black community in East County. The discussion will center ideas of history, racial dynamics, and rootedness not only in Tamarack, but in the larger East County, home to Mongtomey County’s largest Black population.
We hope you’ll join us for this journey as we learn, question, explore, and amplify the sacrifices, contributions, and everyday lives of Black people here in Montgomery County and the state of Maryland. Please follow us on Facebook (impactss), Instagram (impactsilverspring), and Twitter (IMPACTSS) for updates on these Black History Month activities and more.