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African American History Month

African American History Month Feature

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.
President Lyndon Johnson Signing the Civil Rights Act into Law on July 2, 1964,,_Jr#legacy
This year's theme is, "Civil Rights in America“, as 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal.

Despite great improvements in the overall health of the nation, health disparities remain widespread among members of racial and ethnic minority populations. Structural inequalities -- from disparities in education and health care to the vicious cycle of poverty -- still pose enormous hurdles for black communities across America. The health disparities affecting African Americans are striking and are apparent in life expectancy, death rates, infant mortality, and other measures of health status. African American older couple Every year, heart disease takes the lives of over half a million Americans, and it remains the leading cause of death in the United States. African Americans have the largest age-adjusted death rates due to heart disease and stroke.

US Census Bureau, Facts for Features:
Black (African-American) History Month: February 2014

Civil Rights Act of 1964

White House Presidential Proclamations:
National African American History Month, February 2014| 2013
American Heart Month, February 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, January 20, 2014

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