Codman Square Health Center celebrated Black History Month in February with several different events aimed at celebrating Black heritage and culture, recognizing Black history, and understanding the Black experience today. Codman hosts Black History Month events each year, but this year had unique significance because the last 12 months included widely publicized and watched traumatic events, as well as remarkable social action.
Patients and community members probably saw the pan-African flag flying proudly outside the health center or the Black History Month banner in our front hallway. Codman’s social media accounts and advertisements in the Dorchester Reporter and the Bay State Banner also highlighted Black History Month at Codman.
Codman held twice weekly Black History Month trivia contests in which staff who answered the question correctly and were chosen at random won a $25 Amazon gift card. Staff members had a great time with the contest sharing their knowledge and learning something new.
We hosted a Black History Month lunch for staff catered by Above and Beyond Catering, and an ice cream social hosted by Dorchester’s Chill on Park. At the ice cream social, we raffled off 14 copies of the groundbreaking book 400 Souls, which includes the work of 90 Black writers who reflect on 400 years of African American history.
Each Friday, Codman encouraged staff to wear their favorite cultural apparel, and you’ll see some of those fashion choices below! We look forward to Black History Month 2022!