Did you know Black History Month started as “Negro History Week”? Carter G. Woodson, also known as the father of Black history, led the charge and announced the week in February of 1926 in hopes that Americans would study the little-known history of Black people.
It’s incredible to think that almost 100 years later, what started as one week is now a month-long celebration. There are so many ways to join in on the joy, history, and celebration this month brings. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Educate Yourself on Black History and Culture
There are so many cultural mediums that have been developed to teach us the importance of the past. Whether you love movies, podcasts, or prefer to read books, there are so many ways to learn more about Black people and our culture.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
Supporting a Black-owned business is a great way to financially support the Black community directly in your area or globally via the internet. Chances are you’ll find a new favorite restaurant or spot to shop!
Volunteer With or Donate to Organizations That Support and Empower Black Communities
There are many organizations that were solely created to take immediate action for and be in support of Black communities across the country. Supporting these types of organizations will ensure that the progress made remains through raised awareness, financial support, and policy intervention.
Here are a few of our favorites!
Color of Change: With over a million members, Color of Change works to end racial injustice manifested in the media, economy and criminal justice system.
Black Youth Project: BYP studies the attitudes and cultural norms of black millennials in an effort to maximize their life experiences.
My Brother’s Keeper: My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative of the Obama administration, aims to unite and amplify the voices of black men through mentorship.
National Urban League: Founded in 1910, The National Urban League uses programs, research and advocacy to advance civil rights for people!
Equal Justice Initiative: A non-profit, 501C3 human rights organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
PushBlack: A media/news company that provides daily, informative, inspiring Black history to build Black peoples’ personal power and create lasting economic and political change. Remember, there is no level of support that is too small. We hope you will celebrate this month and carry that same energy into the rest of the year!