Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
Life

4 Ways I’m Celebrating Black History Month

February, as you probably know, is Black History Month. During this time, many people like to revisit the stories of Black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. While these stories are important to remember, there are many other ways to explore Black history and culture that can have an impact on the present and future. Celebrating Black History Month might look a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but here are some ways I’m participating in the celebration. 

Listen to Black artists

Apple has dedicated multiple playlists to Black History Month. There are plenty of featured guest playlists of Black artists to choose from, including Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross. I personally enjoy listening to throwback jams like “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James. Enjoy a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!) while listening to the soulful vocals of these artists!

Support small Black businesses

Shopping Black-owned businesses is not only the most powerful action you can take, but it also puts the power back into the hands of Black owners and creators. This action can break chains and create generational wealth. Some brands I love are Nude Barre — which sells nude hosiery for women of color — Ivy’s Tea Co., and The Honey Pot Co. for your feminine needs.

Donate to Black organizations

After the protests against police brutality and the unjust murders in 2020, the motivation to take action has grown. Over the past few months, many people (including myself) have donated to organizations that provide funds for the lives lost, such as the Elijah McClain Memorial Fund.

Some more organizations you can donate to are the Black Youth Project, who provides resources to African-American youth, or Black Lives Matter and the Anti-Racism Fund, both of which fight against racial injustice and police brutality. If you want to go beyond this, set up monthly donations instead of donating one time, so the support doesn’t end once Black History Month ends!

Educate yourself

Educating yourself on Black history is just as important as anything else I’ve mentioned, if not more! Educating yourself is the best way to continue positive change moving forward, especially during challenging times like we all experienced this past year. Since podcasts have been all the rage lately, try listening to podcasts like The Uncomfortable Podcast, The Diversity Gap, or 1619 — all of which are about the history and struggles dealing with race. Podcasts or reading books are very helpful tools if you don’t have someone to actually have these tough conversations with.

Just because Black History Month is during the month of February doesn’t mean the things I listed above have to — or should — stop after February 28th. Keep educating yourself and stay active in celebrating Black lives all year round!

As we all know, it is February and most of the time this month is overshadowed by Valentine’s day. Love is fine and dandy, but we don’t want to forget that this month is also set aside to celebrate BLACK History and the struggles and adversities African Americans had to endure for several decades and the many brave souls who  were courageous enough to fight for the rights of African Americans.Here are some ways to help celebrate this month:

 

  • Learn about the movements that gave African Americans important rights ( For example:The Civil Rights Movement was really important in ending the legalization of racial discriminations)

  • Learn about the true history of Slavery (Some textbooks have the history wrong by incenuating that African Americans were happy/content with being slaves)

  • Visit a Civil Rights Museum (If you are in the Birmingham/Montgomery area, they have some great museums)

  • Learn the BLACK National Anthem (We all have heard this song before, but may not know all of the words, but in honor of BLACK History Month, we should learn the words to commemorate the struggles that our ancestors had to go through to obtain the rights we have today)

  • Teach someone/ Learn about BLACK Culture (I actually just learned that braiding styles were used to hide small foods like rice because slaves would be in the fields picking cotton all day and weren’t given anything to eat.Now we use them as fashion/ protective styles for our hair)

  • Support BLACK owned Businesses/ brands 

  • Watch a movie about BLACK History (There are several documentaries and movies that are very interesting)

  • Check your local Museums’ websites because most times they have special events going on to celebrate BLACK History

Portia Thomas

Alabama '20

My name is Portia Thomas and I am a senior at UAB. Hope everyone enjoys my articles!
Similar Reads👯‍♀️