Black History Month commemorates the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history. The celebration originated in the early 1900s after the founding of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. It was officially recognized in the U.S. in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.

This year at JVS SoCal, we celebrated the lives of two historical figures juxtaposed with the accomplishments of today’s black barrier breakers in our community. 

Maggie Lena Walker, the first African American woman to start and lead a U.S. bank.

Tom Bradley, the first Black mayor of Los Angeles.

JVS SoCal staff got an insight into the work of one of our valued staff members through his participation in the creation of one of these articles.