Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements by Black Americans and time for recognizing the central role of Black people in United States History. Black History Month was started by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent Black Americans, and since 1976, every United States President has officially designated the month of February as Black History. Little known fact—other countries (including Canada and the UK) also devote a month celebrating Black history.
So, how are you going to celebrate this month? Given what we’ve seen this last year with the movie Hidden Figures, how can you better educate yourself on Black history and key Black figures? Here are some ideas:
· Read Black literature. A lot of our early education (or even college) focuses on predominantly White and male authors. Here is just a short list of recommended books. And more! For parents, here are 10 children’s books!
· Visit Black Historical Landmarks. There are so many great sites and museum you can visit to learn about the history in your area. For example, here in Denver, we have the Black American West Museum (which I’ll make a point to visit!). Here is a link highlighting 10 throughout the country.
· Support Black Businesses. This year, the Minority Business Development Agency risks losing federal funding. It will be more important than ever to support people of color who historically have a harder time acquiring business loans or loans at reasonable rates. Black Lives Matter recently launching a Backing Black Business website which allows you to pinpoint businesses in your area!
· Find ways to become involved in advocacy. The BLM and Women’s marches gained great momentum. But there is so much more we can do to support Black Americans. Here is a great guide listing ways to become more active.
Happy Black History Month!