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As we approached the end of February, this article was about spreading awareness of the Black History Month celebrated in February in the United States and Canada and October in Europe. I am an educator, and I wholeheartedly believe that in the melting pot of America, the rich history of different cultures should be taught to the younger generation. Read on to learn about five ways to celebrate Black History Month.
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, was celebrated in 1926. According to History.com, the story of Black History Month began in 1915, when the Association for the Study of Black Life and History (ASNLH) was established in September. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the organization sponsored the National Black History Week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas Coincide.For more information, please read Here.
5 ways to celebrate Black History Month
Here is a list of 5 ways I celebrate Black History Month:
- Reading book
Reading and understanding different races and cultures is an excellent way to gain awareness. Books are wonderful resources that can be used by children and adults alike. They open our eyes to new information and knowledge.
2. Watching movies and shows
In today’s world, as the technology and entertainment industries around us flourish, watch movies and/or shows that reveal black history. We can glimpse their values, beliefs and culture, and understand their details.
3. Support artists
Artists representing specific cultures bring their strengths, backgrounds and history. If possible, try to learn more about them, follow them and show your support by disseminating information to other interested people.
4. Understand and support local businesses
Supporting local businesses is always beneficial because the benefits will flow to specific families or communities. It is always a good idea to search for national organizations and find if they are related to any local organizations in your state or city.
5. Donate to local organizations
Showing support through volunteer service and donations is always helpful and can have a huge impact on your local community, or you can reach a wider community. Research, learn more, and choose the person who resonates and connects with you the most!
- Stamped from the beginning
- Zami: New spelling of my name
Movies and shows
- I am not your black man (2016)
- Watermelon Girl (1996)
- Brother to Brother (2004)
- How to escape murder
Support black artists
Find and support local restaurants
These are just a few restaurants owned by black people in Houston, Texas:
You are welcome to find and learn about local black businesses, and support your local restaurants and other small businesses.
Understand and support black organizations
- NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
- NUL (National City League)
- BIG (Black people in government)
- NBCC (National Black Chamber of Commerce)
Find more information about local organizations and support them. Below is a list of a few local organizations in the Houston/Texas area-Restoration of Justice, Organization of Texas, Texas Civil Rights Project, Show of Hands, etc.
There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month. In this article, I wrote about 5 ways to understand, support, and celebrate Black History Month. We can read books, watch movies and perform, support artists and local businesses, and donate to organizations. Remember, every month is Black History Month!
Dear reader, I am very glad to hear from you. Share how you celebrate February by supporting Black History Month. We are happy to add your tips to our list. You can leave a comment below or send an email to [email protected].