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Black History Month 2021

Each February, people across the United States take part in recognizing Black History Month with events and education to further the public's understanding of black history. The Town of Upper Marlboro encourages the community to learn about Black History Month and explore some of the many local events offered for the community, which will be posted to our social media pages throughout the month of February.

2021 Black History Month Theme
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History establishes a theme for each year's Black History Month. For 2021, the theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” and explores the spread of Black families across the United States.

2021- The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family at large. While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as a slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.

For more information on this year's theme visit https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/