By Lindsay Steele
The shortage of days, the surplus of holidays, the shift in season – these are just a few of the reasons that February is an exciting and busy month. Before diving into some of these spotlighted days, Let’s take a look at the overarching importance of February …
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
All month long we remember the events in the history of Africa. Blacks are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. They make up 13% of the U.S. population, 50% of new HIV diagnoses, 56% of AIDS deaths, 65% of new teen AIDS cases and 67% of new AIDS cases among women. HIV has emerged as the leading cause of death among black women ages 25 to 44 and one of the top three causes of death for black men ages 25 to 54.
With this said, February is an extremely important month for HIV/AIDS activists and fighters. In honor of the epidemic within the Black community, for each day of February I vow to engage one new person into the conversation and to wear my African UNTIL Bracelets.
My Black History Month Picks:
Thomas Edison’s Birthday, February 11
“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward”. — Thomas Edison
Today we commemorate the optimism, the determination and the successes of Thomas Edison — inventor, scientist and businessman who changed the course of human existence with inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the light bulb.
Thomas Edison is proof that perseverance is the key to success. By sharing knowledge with the world, everyone benefits…
My Thomas Edison Pick:
Valentine’s Day, February 14
Valentine’s Day is so easy to write off with a shared meal with a loved-one, some chocolates, maybe some heart-shaped holiday flair, an exchange of Hallmark cards and a gift or two. By dedicating gifts to a cause, they mean so much more…
My Valentine’s Day Picks
Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday, February 15
One of the prominent American civil rights advocates who lead the way for womens rights to be acknowledged and instituted in the American government, Susan B. Anthony is today a legacy.
We can all be leaders.
My Susan B. Anthony Picks:
Presidents Day, February 21
On this day we honor all past Presidents of the United States of America for their leadership, strength, perseverance and overall greatness. In 2010, President Barack Obama announced our nation’s first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Take this day to celebrate the greatness and strength of our past and present Presidents. We must stand united in the fight to end HIV/AIDS – Wear your red ribbon pins on Presidents Day and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
My Presidents Day Pick:
Academy Awards, February 27
Presenting the 84th annual Academy Awards… Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone … The past year has been a wonderful one in film. On Sunday, February 27, host a party benefiting Until There’s A Cure to dedicate the passion and talent displayed throughout the evening to a cause.
Tip to impress your guests further: Prepare recipes from the UTAC Cookbook. Recipes include Appetizers, Mains, Desserts and much more!
My Academy Awards Picks:
“And the Oscar goes to…”
If you like any of My Picks… Visit the Until There’s A Cure online catalog at http://www.until.org. Happy February!