8 WAYS TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
1. Support Black-Owned Businesses
Many Black-owned businesses still face structural racism, which poses a unique threat to their longevity and ability to serve their communities needs. Becoming a customer — specifically during February when these companies have a lot more visibility — is a great way to celebrate. Don’t know where to start? Find them by searching the #blackowned hashtag online.
2. Learn about noteworthy Black Figures and their contributions
Typically, Black History Month draws associations with well-known figures like Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and activist Rosa Parks, but there are many others to learn about. You may visit "BlackPast.org" for an extensive list of other notable Black figures.
3. Donate to charities that support Anti-racism equity and equality
Given the ongoing public protests against police brutality, charities and organizations that support anti-racism equity and equality need donors to continue their collective work to seek justice for the Black community. Consider donating to the Black Youth Project, Loveland Therapy Fund, Amistad Law Project, as well as grassroots organizations that oftentimes don’t receive widespread publicity.
4. Purchase, Read, and Share Books by Black authors
Add Black authors to your reading list. Like Edward E. Baptist’s “The Half Has Never Been Told” takes an in-depth look at slavery’s role in the “evolution and modernization of the United States.”
5. Support and learn about Black women
Today, we see Black women in America taking their place at the highest levels of government. Proud of the work done by women like Stacey Abrams, Kamala Harris, and thousands across the country who volunteered and got out to vote.
6. Listen to or Read "The 1619 Project" by the New York Times
“The 1619 Project” is a long-form historical recounting of the role slavery played in the transformation of America. The project references the year 1619, in which the first ship carrying enslaved Africans reached the shores of the colony of Virginia. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and project creator Nikole Hannah Jones hosts a podcast that dissects the link between slavery and American economics, the co-opting of Black musicians’ work, and the obstacles Black people faced with receiving healthcare and land ownership rights.
7. Participate in online events
Throughout the month of February, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) offers a range of virtual events and conversations that affirm and preserve the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. Check it out!
8. Attend Virtual Black History Month Events/ Celebrations
In NMAAHC’s Black History Month toolkit, you’ll find everything from curated stories to a searchable museum to a new recipe to make at home. To find more locally-focused celebrations, check your city or state government websites for local listings for Black History Month events like online poetry events, scavenger hunts, art exhibitions, performances, and more.
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