Stories | February 13, 2023

Celebrating and Reflecting on Black History

By Lullit Paulos, ECDC 

Arlington, Va–As an organization founded by an African, ECDC is proud to celebrate and recognize the contributions and achievements of the Black community, not just this month but throughout the year. We know full well that Black people have played an important role in shaping the history and culture of the United States and the world.

As we reflect on the many hardships and injustices that Black communities face here and indeed throughout the world, we also celebrate their resilience, their tenacity, and victories. How significant the contributions Black people continue to make to society in areas such as politics, civil rights, arts, literature, sports, religion, and science. Not hard to imagine how much more creative they would be if the discriminations, injustices they faced were to be removed!

With gratitude and reverence, we pay homage to the brave Black people who tirelessly fought and paid untold sacrifices to make it possible for Black newcomers to create lives in this land of opportunity.

ECDC was founded on the belief that that every person, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality, deserves the opportunity to start a new life in safety and with dignity. We are proud to be a part of a community that is continually growing to become more inclusive and diverse, and we believe that this diversity is what makes us stronger. While we celebrate our rich history, we are well aware that inequalities and injustices abound both here in the United States and around the world.

Due to its dedication to promoting diversity, ECDC embraces a wider circle of not only Africans but also newcomers from any part of the world.

As ECDC commemorates its 40th anniversary this year, we remain committed to working towards a future that is inclusive, equitable, and just for all.

ECDC founder and president, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, attending an event to commemorate Black History month at the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington.