It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October. The group chose the second week in February in 1926 to celebrate “N**ro History Week.” The week was symbolic in that it was the same week of the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and prominent abolitionist movement activist.
So what can one do, to help and support during this Black History Month.
Well, learning about some Black History is always a good start, and nothing white washed either.
According to a book published by the UNIA, ‘Red is the colour of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the colour of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the colour of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland.
The Oprah Magazine, have some really good suggestions and places, people you can look at:
Books written by black authors,
Black Americans you and I may not know about,
The Oprah Magazine even has a directory of Black-Owned US Bookstores, please click on my link above to find out more!
Woo, and according to the magazine as well. Mattel have made a doll honoring Dr. Maya Angelou! I’m into good Barbie “Dolls”.
As a white woman, I do feel a little uncomfortable telling people “Where to go” so to speak, haha. This is why this post is short. I would love if it’s alright if I can tell people “where to go”, and give out a bit of information over the next month. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate. What I will finish off with though, is the theme for this years Black History Month.
The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.
Which is quiet lovely. When I think about it, I think I actually watch more shows that are about Black Families, than white ones, lol. White Family tv shows, seems to have the same “recipe”. I’m hoping when they say “Family” as well, I do hope they mean to represent families, that are not always blood too.