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Special Olympics Celebrates Black History Month

Eunice Kennedy Shriver holding up an athletes arm in victory.

Black History Month continues to honor the achievements and contributions of African Americans that have been long-overlooked and ignored not only in America, but around the world. Since 1976, the United States has celebrated Black History Month every February to acknowledge and promote these triumphs and help to amplify and support African American voices and communities around the US.

Since its inception in 1968, black athletes and staff have been at the forefront of the Special Olympics movement, leading the way for inclusion. Not only have black people within the Special Olympics movement had to fight for justice and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, but also as and for people of color.

The message of inclusion that Special Olympics stands by and continues to live out everyday through its athletes, coaches, staff, and leadership, does not only include people with intellectual disabilities, but it also extends to all people, no matter race or ethnicity.

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

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