In 1926 Carter G. Woodson founded the first Negro History Week, timed to coincide with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas birthdays. It wasn’t until 1976 that President Ford extended the observation to a full month.
“For Woodson, such associations and commemorations provide a kind of “real education” – one that “inspires people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.” – nmaahc.si.edu
There are so many ways to celebrate Black History Month, but I wanted to compile a few to get you started:
· Read some of the greats - Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Alice Walker to name a few.
· Watch Black Films (classics) - Some of my faves are Sparkle, Cornbread Earl & Me, Cooley High and Imitation of Life.
· Shop – Support black owned businesses.
· Talk- Plan a brunch date with friends and reminisce on the greatness of our people.
· Seek out Black History in your local area.
These are just a few please feel free to add to the list.
Black History Month is For Us, By Us so let’s celebrate it. Although we should be celebrated all year, this is our time to shine so let’s celebrate it and school others on why we are so important!
Happy Black History Month,