Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to celebrate and recognise the contributions of Black people throughout history. In the United States, it is observed during February. Black History Month was first established in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week” and later expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976.
Here are some ways to celebrate Black History Month:
Learn about Black history: Take the time to educate yourself about the history of Black people in your country and around the world. This can include learning about significant events, leaders, and cultural contributions.
Support Black-owned businesses: Support Black-owned businesses in your community by shopping at their stores, ordering from their restaurants, or using their services.
Attend Black history events: Look for local events celebrating Black History Month, such as museum exhibits, guest speakers, and cultural festivals.
Read books by Black authors: Expand your reading list to include books by Black authors, both contemporary and classic. This can include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoirs.
Watch films and documentaries about Black history: There are many films and documentaries that explore the history and experiences of Black people. These can be a powerful way to learn more about the struggles and achievements of Black individuals and communities.
Volunteer for organizations that support Black communities: Look for local organizations that support Black communities and consider volunteering your time or making a donation to their cause.
Black History Month is an important opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black people throughout history. By taking the time to learn about Black history and support Black-owned businesses and organizations, you can help promote greater understanding and appreciation of Black culture and achievements.