February is here, ya’ll. I have always loved when February rolls around, because for me that has always meant, Valentines Day, my birthday (the big 21 this year!) and of course Black History Month. February is a month full of celebration of love and culture.
Most Americans, by our age, have come to understand what Black History Month is, and why we have it. But for those needing a little refresher, as History.com describes it, “Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.”
Black History Month is a time for our country to recognize the true influence of African Americans in our country’s history and evolution. While February is Black History Month, it is important to remember that African American History is AMERICAN History, and the two do not exist separately. While I am always grateful for February to roll around, it is important for all of us to remember that History doesn’t belong in just one month, Black Americans shouldn’t have to wait until February to have their heritage honored, and Black history is happening RIGHT NOW.
Below I am sharing some simple ways busy students like us can still take the time to celebrate Black History Month, empower the black community and educate ourselves:
Things to DO:
Know your History:
Support black business:
Know The DePaul Community
Register for ABD Classes:
Spring Registration is just around the corner! I recommend taking an ABD (African and Black Diaspora) class! See the department here.
Go See some Theatre written by and about black Americans:
Here are a few of my current reads you may also find interesting involving the black history, the current state of the black community and also (in honor of Valentine’s Day) Black Love:
All About Love by bell hooks
By embracing the past and educating ourselves, we can use the present to make history, enabling a brighter future.
Happy Black History Month, friends!