“There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Malcolm X (American Muslim minister and human rights activist)
Established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a Black American scholar, Black History Month celebrates the history and contributions of African Americans to the United States. All Black people, from the enslaved people in the 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today, are acknowledged during the month of February.
How can you celebrate Black History Month?
Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants
About 40% of Black business owners closed their business doors during the months of February and April of 2020. This was twice the decline experienced by white business owners. This month, show your support by going out for a shopping trip or a nice dinner in one of your local Black businesses or restaurants!
Read some books written by Black Authors
There are many books out there written by African Americans. These books help others understand the impact of racism and how to practice empathy. Check out these examples: Kindred (published in 1979) and Their Eyes Were Watching God (published in 1937).
Learn about Black figures and leaders
Catch up on some history and learn about the many influential Black figures. Some examples include Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to obtain a pilot's license, and Ida B. Wells, a journalist in the 19th century that shocked readers with articles describing the experiences of Black people.
Watch Black history documentaries or movies
Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and other streaming devices highlight many Black experience movies. For example, you can watch Selma on Amazon Prime, Hidden Figures on Disney+, King in the Wilderness on HBO and The Butler on Netflix.