There is so much to celebrate in the deep, rich tapestry of Black History from the arts to the sciences. The theme for this year’s Black History Month is “Black Health and Wellness,” with a special emphasis on healthcare access and improving wellness. After the last two years of relentless physical and emotional stressors due to the pandemic, the theme is highly significant.

From beleaguered health care workers to health and access inequities in communities of color the Association for the Study of African American Life and History  www.ASALH.ORG, explains, “The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”

One such leader that we have been proud to partner with is Beverly Grant. Since 2010 Grant has been deeply rooted in the wellness sphere. She founded “Mo Betta Green” as a business dedicated to combatting food inequity, wellness, and active living. Under the leadership of founder Lakshmi Nair, she became a founding member of Satya Yoga Cooperative, the nation’s first yoga cooperative of color. As a local thought-leader and community connector, Grant’s mission is to promote wellness and equity in everything she touches.

We will be collaborating with Grant and Nair during Black History Month by hosting a Gentle Satya Yoga session and community conversation on the Equity of Body, Mind and Spirit at the Little Man Ice Cream Factory on Saturday, February 26 at 10AM-NOON. Grant’s fresh farm market, “Mo’ Betta Green” will provide a fresh juice bar, as well. The session is free, but donations are highly encouraged. Little Man Ice Cream will also be donating proceeds from its Scoop for Scoop funds to support health and wellness organizations that demand equity and support communities of color throughout the month of February.

To learn more about one of Denver’s most thought-provoking leaders who continue to grow and evolve the conversation about wellness through the lifestyle of yoga, food literacy, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility, read here.