Honoring Black History Month 2021
"Our treatment in America is not merely a question of the United States. It is a basic problem of humanity; of democracy;
of discrimination because of race and color; and as such it demands your attention and action. No nation is so great the world can afford to let it continue to be deliberately unjust, cruel and unfair toward its own citizens.”
"An Appeal to the World," 1947. Edited by W.E.B. Du Bois and submitted to the UN to address the denial of human rights to African Americans in the United States
This Black History Month, we remember and honor Black activists who, in their work, writings, teachings, and activism, shaped the modern human rights movement. From Frederick Douglass to W.E.B Du Bois to Ida B. Wells to the present, we used this month to reflect on the movements and legacies of Black activists that preceded us, and to consider how we continue their legacy and their work in order to build a world that is the full, beautiful realization of their imaginings. A world that centers and meets the huma
n rights of all, where each and every person has the freedom to reach their full potential. Please view our social media campaign here.
Just last year, our movement followed in the footsteps of Malcolm X and sought to realize his unfinished work at the United Nations. We invite you to read “‘Until We Are First Recognized as Humans’: The Killing of George Floyd and the Case for Black Life at the United Nations”, a piece co-written by Outgoing Interim Executive Director Salimah Hankins and published this month in the International Journal of Human Rights Education. It explores the history of Black Americans’ fight for human rights on the global stage, as well as USHRN’s place within that history.