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This month, Hirschler joins with the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in paying tribute during Black History Month to the generations of Black Americans who struggled with adversity and prejudice to achieve full citizenship in American society. And the struggle continues.

In 2022, we honored the accomplishments and contributions of four Black Americans, two women and two men, all of whom had Virginia connections: Rosa L. Dixon Bowser; William B. Robertson; Lucy Francis Simms; and Dr. Isaac David Burrell.  This year, we honor Sarah Garland Boyd Jones, Virginia’s first Black woman physician, and Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, mentor of tennis greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe.  We will also remember the day in August, 1963, that Dr. Martin Luther King, inspired by Mahalia Jackson, made history and then met a part-time security guard, who was in the right place, at the right time, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Click here to read more and follow along all February as we share more in honor of Black History Month. 

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