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February is Black History Month.
The idea of Black History Month is wrapped within recognition of National Freedom Day, Negro History Week and the civil rights movement. The study and knowledge brings understanding to race and racism in the United States. This past year has been a year of historic moments. We have elected the first Black woman vice president. We have seen protests to push racial justice. And we have continued to see the inability to teach and acknowledge the history of Black Americans.
Black history is woven into the infrastructure of our country. It is essential to understand the history of race and racism that continues to influence our white-centric systems and plague Black people and communities. Black history is woven into the inequality of our economy, laws, politics and power dynamics. Black history is also often a beautifully forgotten part of who we are as a nation. It is woven into engineering, medicine, science, math and technology. It is woven into music, food, art, language, literature and poetry. It is filled with sorrow, heartache, sacrifice, triumph, pride and power. Black history is a celebration of persistence, recognition and continued work for change. Black history has filled my soul with the brilliance of those that came before us and those that stand beside us in this work of progress and racial justice. Black history is filled with powerful voices and amazing people that have made a difference for all of us.
This year the theme for Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
I am asking all of you to stop and acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of Black people in American history. And I encourage you to put that knowledge into action.
Let us research and increase our knowledge. Let us embrace the powerful voices of Black leaders of the past, present and future. Let’s support and celebrate their contributions.
ENGAGE WITH THE WORK. ENGAGE WITH THE CULTURE. ENGAGE WITH THE PEOPLE.
Biography: Black History Month
28 Days of Black History
Black History Month: History Channel
A Wrinkle in Time
Da 5 Bloods
Read all about it!
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams
Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James
Well-Read Black Girl, by Glory Edim
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
[Editor’s Note: Links updated Feb. 8, 2021]
Everyday Black History
Witness Black History
Black History Month NPR: Tiny Desk Concerts
Support Black-owned businesses!
Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine
Zora’s Styling Salon and Spa
Cool Runnings Construction
Pure Fitness Martial Arts
Northwest Drone Pros
The beauty in appreciating diverse experiences require us to “see” all of those the contribute to our community. Take time to open your hearts and minds to the diverse perspectives that make us complete and whole, honoring the diversity of who we are as a community.
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