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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Peace Corps Celebrates 2021 Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Peace Corps celebrates Black History Month and recognizes and honors the Black volunteers, staff and communities around the world who have been central to the success of the agency for almost 60 years.

The global Peace Corps family recognizes contributions of Black excellence that too often have gone untold and uncelebrated in American history.

"Black volunteers, staff and community members are an integral part of what the Peace Corps does. Our agency, at its core, is about celebrating diversity around the world, building relationships and opportunity, and fostering equity and inclusion for all people,” says Acting Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn. “Without the contributions of our Black team members, the Peace Corps would not be able to achieve its core mission.”

To read more about the legacy of Black volunteers, staff and community members within the Peace Corps community, go to the agency blog and social media pages throughout the month of February and beyond.

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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.