President's Message

February is both American Heart Month and Black History Month.

With respect to the former, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Remember to wear red to our February 7th meeting in recognition of American Heart Month.

With respect to Black History Month, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)’s 2019 theme Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. This theme focuses on the 20th century through today. African American migration patterns included relocation from southern farms to southern cities; from the South to the Northeast, Midwest, and West; and the emigration of noted African Americans after the end of World Wars I and II. Such migrations resulted in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population; the emergence of both black industrial workers and black entrepreneurs; the growing number and variety of urban churches and new religions; new music forms like ragtime, blues, and jazz; white backlash as in the Red Summer of 1919; and the blossoming of visual and literary arts. The theme also lends itself to the exploration of the century’s later decades, with attention to Northern African Americans’ return to the South; racial suburbanization; inner-city hyper-ghettoization; health and environment; civil rights and protest activism; mass incarceration; and dynamic cultural production. How appropriate that our February speaker, Terri Lipsey Scott, the Executive Director of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, will focus on learning from history.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sheila Barry-Oliver, Ed.D.
BPW/SPP President 2018-2019