5 WAYS TO HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Here’s what you can do to pay homage to the past, present, and future.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Celebrating Black History Month is important for recognizing the countless contributions that African Americans have made to our nation’s history and culture. During this month, you can set your intentions to acknowledge and honor the achievements of Black people throughout U.S. history to learn about African American history and culture — all while acknowledging and appreciating the struggles and victories of African Americans. Honoring Black History Month allows us to recognize and celebrate the diversity of our nation and to keep the diversity that exists in our communities.
1. Read important speeches by Black lightworkers
Black activists and thought-leaders are behind many of our favorite quotes and inspirational discussions. (MLK taught us about his dream, while Audre Lorde reminded us that self-care is self-preservation.) To fully educate yourself on the depth and meaning of these words, it’s important to know them in their entirety. Read and listen to full speeches through Black history. Many are free, including this library from My Black History.
2. Read and purchase important works by Black authors
Books connect us across cultures and experiences. One way to celebrate Black History Month is to buy books written by Black authors — especially from Black-owned bookstores. Uncle Bobbie’s, Semicolon, and the Book Bar are great places to start.
3. Learn about significant Black figures
Though there are key names throughout history, a few lesser-known figures who also helped make history and bring change for Black people. Want to further your education? We’re sharing a few of our favorite Black lightworkers who step into the spotlight.
4. Support Black-owned businesses
While you can buy from Black-owned businesses all year long, Black History Month is a great time to get reacquainted with new and veteran brands on the market. Need some inspiration? Check out these Black-woman-owned cannabis shops, support Black artists, and give back to advocacy groups.
5. Support Anti-racism equity
Organizations like Color of Change, the Black Youth Project, and MMG Earth work to create sustainable change and protections for Black people of all ages. Hiring and donating to organizations providing education, resources, and support for racial equity is a great way to honor Black history and Black futures.
How will you celebrate Black History Month? Let us know in the comments!