As the month of February has blessed us with its presence, not only is it the month of love, it is also the month of blackness. Although Black History Month for 28 days is not enough to change the narrative of a White America, it launches us into a realm of awareness. There is no right way to celebrate Black History Month and there is no wrong way to celebrate Black History Month. However, in a time of so much division, this month and every month is important to acknowledge the strides of Black Americans that helped lay the foundation.
And Black History Month is not just for Black people, so here are five ways we can all celebrate this wonderful time of the year:
This is a perfect way to get yourself into spaces where learning can occur.
Educate yourself. The only way to combat ignorance is through knowledge.
"Black Panther" and "Get Out" are not the only movies you can watch to help celebrate. Try and find movies and or documentaries that support the Black experience. Venture out and find movies/documentaries that are overlooked.
Get in conversations. Listen to those who provide enriching experiences. You don't have to listen to respond, simply listen to understand.
Black people MADE music the way that is is now and it goes under appreciated. Listen to an album or a song by a black musician. Make an effort to read up on them and see how they have shaped our American genres such as jazz and blues.
As we go through this month let's keep in mind the strong, courageous, resilient, and empowering Black Kings and Queens that paved the way for us to fight for justice towards equity and love.