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The Continued Push for Inclusion: Black History Month 2021

Krystal Johnson holds a racket in one hand and a ball in the other on a tennis court.
Krystal Johnson, Special Olympics Southern California athlete, prepares to serve during a tennis match at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Black History Month, started by historian Carter G. Woodson, has been celebrated in the United States in February since 1976 as a way to honor the long ignored achievements and contributions made by African Americans. Today, Black History Month is recognized by other countries including Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands, though not always in February.

Black athletes and staff have been leaders of the Special Olympics movement since its inception in 1968. Black people in the movement have fought for full inclusion in society on two fronts—as people of color and as people with intellectual disabilities.

For Black History Month 2021, we hear from Black Special Olympics athletes, Youth Leaders and staff members about how what they do at Special Olympics aligns with social justice in the Black community.

Visit this page to watch new videos and hear their stories throughout Black History Month!!

Special Olympics athletes and Youth Leaders share how they fight for inclusion
Honor Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
A Special Olympics College Club Leader discusses his favorite Dr. King quote.
Trent Hampton Celebrates Inclusion
Special Olympics New York athlete Trent Hampton celebrates Black History Month.

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