The National Association of Social Workers will observe its annual recognition of the more than 600,000 social workers nationwide with a month-long salute. The 2016 Social Work Month theme is “Forging Solutions out of Challenges.” The observance of Social Work Month begins March 1 and is designed to celebrate the contributions of social workers. These professionals confront some of society’s toughest and challenging issues facing individuals, families, children, and communities. At Norfolk State University, the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work faculty has planned a kick-off event Tuesday, March 1, in Scott-Dozier Dining Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring renowned social work authority Larry E. Davis, dean for the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and the director of the Center on Race and Social Problems. Davis will share insights related to this year’s theme and key facets from his recent book, “Why Are They Angry with Us? Essays on Race.” The event begins with a continental breakfast, the address by Davis and a book signing. For details, contact Dr. Kirsten Ericksen, 757-823-8663.