Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Black History Month was the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
What can you do to celebrate Black History Month this year? Here are 8 things you can try!
1 – Support a Black-Owned Business
Even in 2021, many Black-owned business face racism and twice the number of Black businesses have had to close compared to white businesses. Racism poses a unique threat to the longevity of Black-owned businesses. Becoming a new customer is a great way to celebrate!
Find Black Businesses here: https://blackpagesinternational.com/
2 – Read Books on Anti-Racism
Black History Month offers a unique reminder to continue education surrounding racism and how to be anti-racist. In your spare time, consider picking up a new book to read on the topic.
3 – Learn about Systemic Racism
Maybe you are already familiar with the history of systemic racism in America, maybe you need a refresher! Either way, February is a great time to again educate ourselves on the impact of systemic racism. The better we understand it, the better we can explain it to others too.
4 – Support Organizations Fighting Supporting Equality
There are many incredible organizations and resources fighting racism and supporting equality. This month is a great time to learn more about them, spread the word, and support them.
List of Organizations: https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/335
5 – Learn about Noteworthy Black figures and Their Contributions.
Black History Month should be a celebration of achievements by African Americans, so what better time to learn about noteworthy Black figures?
African American History: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/people-african-american-history/
6 – Donate to Charities that Support Anti-Racism
Charities that support anti-racism efforts, protest police brutality, and fight for equality are always needing more support. Consider donating in February – and in the months after!
7 – Listen to Music by Black Creators
Spotify’s “Black History is Now” campaign celebrates the global impact of Black music artists. Listen to music from classic performers and current stars!
8 – Bake Sweet Potato Biscuits
Sweet Potato Biscuits are a delicious and traditional soul food treat. Celebrate Black history with this tasty snack!
How are you planning to celebrate this year? Let us know in the comments!