Provided by Prince William County
Since the early 1990s, Prince William County Government has hosted a Black History Month event to celebrate the diversity of the County and the United States. Each year the County’s observance adopts the national theme of the Association of African American Life and History.
This year’s theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” The black family is a topic of study in many disciplines. Its representation, identity and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped and vilified from the days of slavery to today.
While the role of the black family is described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the ‘foundation’ of African American life and history is seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American, past and present.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s observance is a virtual presentation featuring an interview with a Prince William County family. The video will air throughout February on the County’s community channel on Comcast and Verizon and the County’s social media platforms.
The mission of the Prince William County Black History Committee is to continue to enhance the understanding and cooperation of the many cultures in the African American community through education and interaction. In closing, the committee graciously thanks the Board of County Supervisors and all the members of the County Government for their participation in, and support of, the committee’s mission.