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AARP Honors Inspiring Leaders During Black History Month

Despite being hit harder than any other demographic by the COVID-19 pandemic, Black-owned businesses, organizations, and leaders have exemplified Black excellence in truly inspiring ways.

This Black History Month, AARP is focusing on Black Health and Wellness and there is no greater benefit to health and wellness than a thriving community.

Throughout the month of February, AARP will emphasize this necessary movement's strength, power, and success by recognizing and highlighting leaders taking action to help build up their communities and help them thrive. This year’s Black History Month program, entitled “We Thrive Together” features Black leaders who are examples of how one person can truly make a difference in strengthening a community. And when we unite for the greater good, we thrive together.

The leaders span locations and causes. What they have in common is a passion for creating positive change. Some of the featured leaders include:

  • Raymond Jetson, president and CEO of MetroMorphosis, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana organization that partners with other organizations to transform urban communities from within.

  • Hope Harley, co-founder and president of the board of directors at the Bronx Children’s Museum, which is a New York City institution. She helps educate children in the area about the borough’s notable places, cultures and history through dance, art, literature, and science.
  • Ify Nwabukwu, founder of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association, a Washington DC nonprofit that helps reduce disparities in education, resources, and prevention of breast cancer for Black women in the region.

The multimedia campaign will span print, video, radio, social media, and other media. AARP state organizations will also highlight local leaders in their communities who deserve recognition for their outstanding service to their communities.

To learn more about these community leaders and their journeys, visit And to find local Black History Month events in your community, visit

Are you inspired to make a difference in your own community? Visit for volunteer opportunities, ideas, and inspiration

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