2019 Black History / Women's History Month Celebration

photo by Larissa Ramey

photo by Larissa Ramey

Negro History Week, the celebration of the history of the peoples of the African Diaspora, began in 1926 with Carter G. Woodson. The society he started, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History has carried this celebration forward into Black History Month. For many, the celebration of our presence ends there.

Experiencing Black History Month as a member of the diaspora might lead one to believe that much our country believes we fall from heaven on February 1 and are abducted by aliens on February 28. Meanwhile, the preservation and celebration of the cultures of the diaspora has gone on, carried out by Black women.

In public and in private, in homes and in the streets, the women of the diaspora have sheltered cultural traditions and maintained an unbroken tradition of art and faith, resistance and family from the shores of the Motherland to (Latin) America and Lancaster, PA.

When we talk about art in Lancaster Community, the brochures and magazines often miss the creative contributions of Black women, though they have been and REMAIN essential to its development. These works are expressions of individual creativity, of the relationship to Womanhood and Blackness, evidence of talent, pain, and joy, all lived out together.

With that in mind, the City Hall Gallery is featuring by and of Black Women in February and March of this year.The artists featured here work in a variety of media, but they are all local and they are all creating work that deserves to be seen and engaged. There is something that is unique and exceptional in these works, and we honor that here. There is a defiance in the creation of this art, and that defiance has carried Black identity for centuries.