KBEP Honors Black History Month

The Katie Brown Educational Program is excited to celebrate Black history and learn more about the experiences of Black peoples in the United States and beyond.

Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926 when Historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History declared its celebration during the second week of February. Celebrations of this week spread across the country. In 1969, around the peak of pro-Black activism by the Black Panther Party and other Civil Rights leaders, educators and students at Kent State University called for the weeklong celebration of Black history to be expanded to a month. In 1976, President Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month.


Learning about the richness and diversity of Black histories is critical to being a culturally competent and socially-aware citizen. At the Katie Brown Educational Program, we recognize the contributions that Black people have made to violence prevention and social justice promotion efforts, as well as to all of society at large. In being responsible and effective in our approach to relationship violence prevention, we also recognize the role that different forms of oppression play in creating and perpetuating the violence that populations of the country experience.

In our efforts to end sexual and domestic violence, we strive to confront the ways that racism and sexism impact Black women’s experiences with these forms of violence. Our workshop, “Unrapable: Sexual Violence in Black Communities,” provides participants with best practices for addressing sexual violence with Black clients and communities.

On Thursday, February 21st from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, PD@KBEP (The Katie Brown Educational Program’s professional development program) will be facilitating this workshop as a webinar in partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Click here to register!

For more information about the Unrapable workshop, on the upcoming webinar, or on our PD@KBEP program, email PD@kbep.org or call (508) 678-4466.