Youth Residents Celebrate Black History Month

February 28, 2022
Black History Month art and decorations at Naselle Youth Camp.

As DCYF works to eliminate racial disproportionalities and advance racial equity, it’s essential to continue supporting the voices of BIPOC youth and acknowledge their history as an embedded part of our community every day of the year.

To celebrate and acknowledge Black History Month this February, Naselle Youth Camp decked out itsCollage of Black History Month images taken at Echo Glen Children's Center and Naselle Youth Camp. auditorium with artwork, educational materials, and posters showcasing important historical and current leaders in the Black community. Our partners at Relevant Engagement gave an inspiring presentation, staff and community members performed cultural songs and dances, and Buffalo Soldiers even brought their horses and shared stories about African American soldiers’ experiences.

With help from community partners, the young people at Echo Glen Children’s Center celebrated Black History Month with original poetry, presentations on Fredrick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Black hairstyles, and the Black National Anthem – “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Residents also had the opportunity to check out a presentation by local artist Charles Tatum and complete a freedom quilt together, followed by soul food prepared with love by Eagle’s Nest Community Kitchen.

Sending a huge thank you to our incredible staff and partners for making these events happen and supporting young people in exploring and honoring Black History Month. We are proud of this work and grateful to come together as a community to celebrate diversity in all forms.