Black History Month: A Bittersweet Celebration

Every February, the nation celebrates and honors the tremendous contributions and sacrifices African Americans have made to our country.

This year the theme for Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War” honoring the brave men and women who defended this nation, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Many African Americans selflessly served despite the fact they were assigned to segregated units in virtually every war America has fought, from the Revolutionary War to the Korean War.

During World War II, for example, more than 2.5 million black men registered for the draft and one million served as draftees or volunteers. Most of them were assigned to all black units in every branch of the armed forces.

Despite that humiliation, they served with distinction.

The more than 12,000 black men who served in the segregated 92nd Army Division were decorated for “extraordinary heroism.”

And the all-black Tuskegee Airmen became legendary for their heroic feats during the war and received a Distinguished Unit Citation, several silver stars, 150 distinguished flying crosses, fourteen bronze stars and 744 air medals.

Black History Month originated as part of an initiative by writer and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who launched “Negro History Week” in 1926.

Woodson proclaimed that the event should always occur in the second week of February—between the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.

Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month.

Minorities Aborted at Alarming Rate

But while many racial injustices have been corrected, there remains a brutal fact: black and other minority children are being aborted at an alarming rate.

According to the Center for Disease Control, while black women make up only six percent of the U.S. population, they account for 35 percent of reported abortions.

As reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health, in Georgia it’s dramatically worse. Of the 29,551 abortions performed in 2016: 18,261 involved black women, compared to 6,489 white women, 3,008 of unknown race, 1,255 Asian women and 538 involved multiracial and indigenous peoples.

“Abortion has ravaged America for more than 45 years and in some of our communities the devastation has risen to the level of genocide,” explained Catherine Davis, founder and president of The Restoration Project and partner with the National Black Pro-life Coalition.

“We don’t have another 45 years to end this travesty. I pray that 2018 is the year we see increased efforts to save these precious lives,” Davis added.

Personhood Under Attack Again

The targeting of minorities for abortion can be traced directly back to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who launched her “Negro Project” in 1939.

The goal, Davis points out, was population control—to rid society of “those we don’t want too many of,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once stated.

As indisputable evidence, 79% of Planned Parenthood facilities are located near African American and Hispanic communities, with 45% of those within walking distance.

Continuing to push its racial agenda, the abortion industry recently posted billboards in Cleveland’s mostly black neighborhoods proclaiming that abortion is “sacred, hope and necessary.”

Davis notes: “These abortionists are no longer even trying to hide their eugenically-based mission, which is in violation of the 1987 Proxmire Act that criminalizes genocide.”

The act implements the United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. It applies to anyone who, among other things, intentionally kills a member of any national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.

For such murders, the law can impose fines up to $1 million and imprisonment for life.

But just passing laws—while helpful—is not going to solve the problems. Laws don’t prevent bank robberies, rapes, or drunk driving. Hearts and minds must be changed.

Personhood of the African American population is again under assault. “It’s time for black leaders and pastors to get serious about the holocaust ravaging their communities,” said GRTL President Ricardo Davis. “They need to spend less time on politics and devote themselves to saving the lives they claim they care about.”

Pro-life supporters are encouraged to lovingly share this article with minority women they know and urge them to ask their pastors to get their congregations involved.


By Wayne DuBois     
Georgia Right to Life
Media Relations Advisor