Today, February 1st, marks the beginning of Black History Month, where we honor the significant achievements and contributions the Black community has made throughout U.S. history. There are many ways that everyone can take part in the celebration from the comfort of home. Here are 8 ways to celebrate Black History Month – not just this month, but all year round.
8 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at Home
1. Support Black Owned Businesses
Whether it’s choosing new clothing, or pieces of furniture for your office, use the opportunity to seek our Black creators and invest your money in Black-owned businesses. Don’t know where to start? Find businesses by searching the #blackowned hashtag online, you’re bound to find an array of businesses you will fall in love with and support.
2. Support and Learn About Black Women
It’s incredibly important to have Black women at the table in all industries, especially where major policies are being developed and discussed. Today, we see Black women in America taking their place at the highest levels of government. Follow our social media channels to learn more about history as we highlight Black women throughout the month.
3. Participate in Online Events
Many museums offer virtual tours and events! The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is hosting virtual events to educate, preserve, and celebrate African Americans throughout history. Events are open to all and many are free.
4. Watch Films or TV Shows by Black Creators
Check your favorite streaming services for category highlights and films centered around Black lives. For instance, Netflix’s Black Lives Matter category highlights films and TV shows centered around the “Black experience in America,” including “Becoming,” “Loving,” “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” and more!
5. Listen to, Learn About, and Share Music Created by Black Artists
Love listening to music? Check out Spotify’s “Black History is Now” campaign as it celebrates the large impact of Black music artists. It highlights songs by classic performers like Nina Simone and Ray Charles as well as songs from current stars like H.E.R., Anderson .Paak and Andra Day.
6. Read Poetry by Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman – what a star! Her recitation of her original poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration left us with chills. Learn more about her and read more of her powerful work.
7. Purchase, Read, and Share Books by Black Authors
Adding Black authors to your reading list can introduce you to a plethora of knowledge about history and culture. Check out this link filled with book recommendations.
8. Donate to Charities that Support Anti-Racism Equity and Equality
Donating your time and money to charities and organizations that support anti-racism equity and equality contribute towards their continued efforts in seeking justice for the Black community. Consider donating to the Black Youth Project, Loveland Therapy Fund, as well as local organizations that oftentimes don’t receive widespread publicity.