Black History Month celebrates the brave men and women who have fought against discrimination throughout the years. It is a time for all to reflect on present race relations and examine the trials of history’s past. With recent unfortunate events raising questions about the country’s progress, it may be more important than ever to promote justice and equal rights for all.

In the wake of today’s civil rights protests and recent news causing rumors about a post-racial society, the University of Southern California School of Social Work experts are available to address and define social justice at a time when we need it most:

Ruth White, PhD, MSW, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the USC School of Social Work's [email protected], and is an expert on race and ethnicity. She is the author of Bipolar 101, Preventing Bipolar Relapse and editor of Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health. She is a mental health activist fighting against stigma and promoting mental health and well-being. Her ‘Culture-in-Mind’ blog on explores the junction of mental health and race/ethnicity/culture.

Statement: “Race has always been a dividing line in America, from the first Census to the last. Despite significant gains made in race relations and African American achievement in the past 50 years, the oppressive forces of racism negatively impact the lives of black people in America, no matter their age, class, color, or ethnic origin.”