February is Black History Month! Join us in celebrating the lives and work of the numerable African American pioneers in social work and social justice. Keep reading to find out the best tools to research some of these historical figures.
Some of the most influential African American social workers don't actually have biographies or autobiographies written about them, but there are a few starting places to learn about pioneers (such as Mary Church Terrell) and current influential social workers if you're trying to get a brief background before narrowing down your research. While doing your research, it's important to note that some of these figures might not be a social worker - many are social justice activists. Still, while someone may not fit the exact image we have of a social worker, they can still influence the field and start monumental movements that impact the field of social work.
If you're interested in finding out more about influential black or African American social workers, search "African American social workers" in Academic Search Complete or combine "Black Americans" and "Social workers" in Social Services Abstracts.
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