It is Black History Month and one of the morning show hosts on our Yakima sister radio station, "KDBL 92.9 the Bull" is Reesha Cosby.

Reesh, as I like to call her is an African woman with who I have had the inspiring experience of working for about 20 years.

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Yakima's Reesha Cosby Is The Best

There is nobody more creative and clever about radio promotions and connecting with listeners than Reesha Cosby and she has the corporate recognition to prove it!

Besides being a long-time awesome talented broadcaster and blogger, she is also involved in our local community holding or having held leadership roles with the YWCA  the NAACP, and more.

Reesha is an amazing single mom with a very busy schedule but we are hoping to get a few minutes with her in the next week to get her perspective on race relations in Yakima. She recently posted HERE about supporting a dozen Black-owned businesses in another great local Reesha post!  Looks like a great heads up, for food and services! Reesha, Thanks!  We look forward to sharing her thoughts on the radio.

 A Little History About Black History Month.

Black History Month

became a National Month of Recognition under President Gerald R. Ford during the country's 1976 bicentennial. Ford called upon Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

 Why February?

Birthday candles, sort of...  February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was influential in the freeing of the slaves and Douglass, a former slave himself, was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement which fought to end slavery.

Four decades after President Ford's formal recognition, America's first Black President, Barack Obama, addressed the nation with these words:

 

Black History Month shouldn't be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes...It's about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America.

Black Health & Wellness

Each year Black History Month has a theme and this year it's Black Health and Wellness, with special recognition to medical scholars and health care providers. Statistics show the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities and placed extra burdens on Black health care professionals.

We look forward to our conversation and we hope you'll join us!

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