From politicians and leaders to artists and inventors, Black figures and icons have made some truly remarkable contributions to American culture, education, equal rights movements, and so much more. Here are a few ways we can honor Black History Month this February, and all year long.
Learn About Black Figures & Leaders
Superstar icons, civil rights leaders, and current and former political leaders are typically the first notable figures that come to mind when we think of Black heroes. The reality is, there are so many other inspiring individuals who have made an impact on the Black culture and community, and even the rest of the world. Check out blackpast.org for some facts and history on these incredible individuals, organizations, and movements.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
Every single day, we vote with our wallets. In American culture and politics, where our money goes matters. And when we give back to Black-owned businesses, we help support their mission and enable others to feel empowered in their business endeavors. So instead of just hopping on Amazon or heading to your local Walmart to make a purchase, click around online, search for Black-owned business in the category of your purchase, find the product you want – it’s as simple as that! Here’s a go-to list of Black-owned businesses offering all kinds of products and services, where you can start shopping today.
Purchase & Read Books by Black Authors
Not only do the funds from your purchase support a Black-owned business, but it will help you learn about Black figures, leaders, and culture. These books offer a great perspective on the triumphs and successes, thoughts and opinions, and challenges and struggles of the Black community.