Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements, contributions and rich cultural heritage of the African diaspora. Here are five ways to honor Black history and support African culture this month and beyond.
1. Educate yourself
Read books, watch documentaries, and learn about the rich history of African Americans. Educating yourself on Black History is crucial in understanding the experiences and contributions of African Americans throughout history. Learning about Black history offers a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the African diaspora and the struggles that have been overcome.
While there are many classic and modern books and films to watch, here are 10 for you to consider:
- The Bluest Eye: Book by Toni Morrison
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration: Book by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Color Purple: Film adaptation of book by Alice Walker
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley: Book by Malcolm X
- The New Jim Crow: Book by Michelle Alexander
- Roots: Film adaptation of book by Alex Haley
- 13th: Documentary by Ava DuVernay
- Code Switch: Podcast hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji
- Eyes on the Prize: Documentary produced by Blackside
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Book by Maya Angelou
2. Shop from African fashion brands
Support African fashion designers and entrepreneurs by purchasing their clothing, accessories, and more. Shopping from African fashion brands is a meaningful way to support and celebrate the African diaspora. By choosing to purchase from brands like D’iyanu which offers African inspired products by a Nigerian founder, you are helping to promote and preserve the unique and rich cultural heritage of Africa.
3. Support Black-owned businesses
Supporting Black-owned shops during Black History Month is a powerful way to celebrate and honor the African American community. By choosing to patronize these businesses, you are helping to create economic opportunities and support the financial stability of Black families and communities. Beyond Black History Month, continuing to support Black-owned businesses is crucial in creating long-term economic and social change.
4. Advocate for change
Advocating for change during Black History Month is an essential part of honoring the legacy and contributions of African Americans. This is a time to not only reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past, but also to take action to create a more equitable and just future for all.
Volunteering at places that support the African American community during Black History Month is a meaningful way to show your support and to contribute to positive change. By giving your time and energy to these organizations, you are helping to provide essential services and support to communities that have historically faced systemic barriers and discrimination
The history and culture of African Americans are an essential part of our national story, and by honoring Black History Month, we are showing our respect and appreciation for this legacy.