Hello Friends of HYC,

February is Black History Month. It is a time to honor and recognize the achievements, resilience, struggle for freedom and equal opportunity, and leadership of African Americans. It's a time to celebrate and pay tribute to the accomplishments of the great Black men and women who have contributed to the fight for racial justice and their contributions made to society. February was initially chosen to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, who played an important role in Black history and whose birthdays were celebrated among the Black community. 

HYC is committed to recognizing the importance of racial justice and equity in our communities. As part of this commitment, we have established a working group - the HYC Work Committee for Change (WCC) - to help open dialogue among our staff and community on the importance of this subject. The HYC WCC is honoring Black History Month by sharing a list of recommended readings providing perspectives and insights about Black history, contributions, and leadership. The WCC put this collection list of books together to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about and participate in recognizing Black History Month.

The WCC has also included a link to a list of Black-owned businesses in the community, and if you click on the "Black LA" link here, it will guide you to a current list of virtual Black History Month events in Los Angeles. 
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We must continue to do our part to stay safe and healthy! The risk remains extremely high and we have to adhere to the recommended CDC guidelines. Please be sure you wear a face mask to protect yourself and others when going out and refrain from large crowd gatherings. Stick to the basics and be sure to wash your hands frequently and as soon as you get home or use hand sanitizer if you are out. If you are sick or are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please stay home.

To find out if you are eligible for a COVID-19 test, please visit the LA County website at covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.

To find out if you're eligible or to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit myturn.ca.gov.

To find out more about the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, please visit cdc.gov.
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