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Helen Stimach

Heart Health Awareness - The color red in February is not only used for celebrating Valentine’s Day, but to bring awareness to the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, heart disease. President Lyndon B. Johnson established February as American Heart Month in December 1963 and the first health month was celebrated February 1964. The first Friday of American Heart Month is also National Wear Red Day.

Black History Month - February was chosen for Black History Month because it encompasses the birthdays of two great Americasns who played a prominent role in shaping black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The 2024 theme is “African Americans and the Arts” spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements and more. National organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, The US Holocaust memorial Museum, The Library of Congress and the National Park Service honors Black History Month with commemorative events, learning sessions, art gallery productions and hosts prominent speakers.

National Freedom Day - Always observed on February 1st celebrates freedom from slavery. It also recognizes that America is a symbol of liberty. The day honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. On June 30, 1948, the bill to designate February 1 as national Freedom Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman, alongside Black History Week, which was started by Virginia Carter G.

February Historical Figures

  • 2/4 Rosa Parks
  • 2/12 Abraham Lincoln
  • 2/14 Fredrick Douglas
  • 2/15 Susan B Anthony
  • 2/22 George Washington