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The third Tuesday in March is traditionally our annual prayer service and soup supper in support of the Daystar Hope food distribution program for the poor. Like with many other programs this year, on March 16th we will mark the occasion in-house. Unfortunately, the 2021 Soup Supper will not include our guests who otherwise would join us for prayer and a simple supper of soup and Sister Donna’s fresh baked bread.
Throughout the month the Benedictine Sisters are making personal donations to the Daystar fund. If you would like to contribute to this effort to “feed the hungers of the people of God,” you may make an on-line donation at:
(Donations on our website can be made through PayPal or your credit card. Click on the link above.)
Please indicate your donation is for Daystar by selecting “Daystar” as the designation from the drop down box.
You can send a check payable to the Benedictine Sisters of Florida
by mail to:
P.O. Box 2450
St. Leo, FL 33574Continue Reading
Black History Month is an annual celebration by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in the U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of a noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to reseaching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.
Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.
In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
To learn more, visit History.com: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month.