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Updated: May 16, 2022

“As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we applaud the thousands of Black social workers who have served as pioneers, leaders, and change makers throughout the history of Virginia’s social work profession,” says NASW Virginia Chapter Executive Director Debra Riggs, CAE. “We cannot thank them enough for their impressive achievements and continuing hard work, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the oppression suffered for the past 400 years.

“As a profession, as a chapter, and as individuals committed to change, we are working hard to eliminate systemic racism and to acknowledge and apologize for past prejudices and biases,” Riggs continues.

“This commemorative month enables us to reassert our pledge to do better. We hope all social workers will read the chapter’s Statement on Racial Justice and Equity and join our advocacy and education efforts.”

In Celebration of Black History Month: Use code APBHM22 at checkout to get 20% off select books and eBooks, Visit NASW Press for all things social work, including books, eBooks, CEU books, reference works, journals, brochures, and standards. If you have questions, please send an email to or call 1-800-227-3590.


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