The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina celebrates Black History Month and honors the legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History and creator of Negro History Week which grew into Black History Month.  “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” These words by Dr. Woodson, underscores the importance, relevance, and necessity of Black History Month.  Black History Month is also a time to challenge stubbornly held beliefs and systems that still create inequities and disparities in the black community.  The Sisters of Charity Foundation is committed to doing our part to remove barriers so that equity, inclusion and belonging can be realized for all people.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation hopes for a day, in the near future, when Black History Month will no longer be necessary.  When all Americans recognize the contributions and sacrifices of Black Americans as a legitimate and essential part of the history of this country.  Until that time….

Happy Black History Month.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation wants to honor Black Americans that may not be as well-known but whose contributions to America are historic. To learn more about each, click on their name.

Carter G. Woodson is known as the “Father of Black History.”  In 1926, he developed Negro History Week which has evolved into Black History Month.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was a pioneering American surgeon, who in 1893 performed the first documented, successful open-heart surgery.

“A people who don’t make provision for their own sick and suffering are not worthy of civilization.” Dr. Williams

Xavier University of Louisiana is the only historically Black and Catholic university in America.  Xavier has more black students who go on to graduate from medical school than many other colleges, even Ivy League campuses and huge state universities.

Mary McLeod Bethune a world-renowned educator and founder of Bethune-Cookman University, a historically Black college in Florida. For further reading about the importance of Black teachers in the classroom,  click here for a recent article from Teach for America.

Dr. Matilda Arabelle Evans is the first Black woman licensed as a physician in South Carolina and opened Columbia’s first hospital for Black patients.

Marian Wright Edelman is the for Black female admitted to the Mississippi Bar.  Her life is dedicated to children through her work with the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.

For more information about the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, please contact Ericka Wooten: