Social Security celebrates Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month.

Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln today, Feb. 12, and Frederick Douglass on Tuesday, Feb. 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for more than a century.

Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we can remember that in America, we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. This is part of securing today and tomorrow.

Social Security has the tools to help people plan for retirement and to apply for benefits online. We also provide disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working. If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they can also receive payments.

If you or anyone you know is disabled, they might qualify for disability benefits.

Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a one-in-four chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. People can see whether they meet our strict definition of disabled and apply for disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html.

Widows, widowers and their dependent children might be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits.

Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. In fact, 98 of every 100 children could get benefits if a working parent dies. And Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program. Learn more about Social Security survivors benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors.

Honoring each other begins with fair and equal treatment. Social Security guarantees that, if you pay into the system, you will have the same benefits as everyone else according to your earnings record.

This Black History Month, we want to make sure our diverse nation is covered and that no one is left out of the benefits they deserve. We are with you through life’s journey.

Visit www.ssa.gov/people/africanamericans/ for more.