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  • Wisconsin African American Women's Center (WAAW) 3020 West Vliet Street Milwaukee, WI, 53208 United States (map)

Since it was created 1976, Black History Month has been a time to reflect on the contributions of Africans to our country. Throughout our history, African American men and women have persevered—despite hardship and prejudice—to enrich our nation in innumerable ways. From national leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to local activists like Dolores Hickambottom, whose efforts helped to integrate the Pasadena Unified School District, African Americans have been on the front lines fighting for equality and social justice.

We have seen new milestones and landmarks reached in recent years, and more are achieved every day. In November 2008, we elected the first African American President. In October 2011, the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall was dedicated. 

As we celebrate Black History Month this year, let’s pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of both past and present generations of African Americans before us.