KILLEEN, Texas (Feb. 7, 2022) – Mayor Jose Segarra will honor Black History Month during a reception at City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 4p.m.
The event will take place in the City Hall foyer on the first floor (101 North College Street) and the community is invited to attend. Both the local NAACP branch and the Innovation Black Chamber of Commerce have been invited, as mayor Segarra presents an official proclamation.
Black History Month is observed throughout the nation annually during the month of February and was established by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 as Negro History Week. President Gerald Ford official recognized Black History Month in 1976 and every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February ever since that observance. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
The national theme of this year’s observance is, “Black Health and Wellness.” This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also throughout the African Diaspora (through doulas, midwives, herbalists, etc.).
The City of Killeen looks forward to celebrating the achievements of the African American community and recognizing their central role in U.S. history, and appreciates the culture’s contributions to making this country what it is today.