In 1976, Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month. We credit the creation of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who once called West Virginia his home. Black History Month is a month to reflect on contributions African Americans made to History.
Here are a few ways to celebrate:
Explore the Arts: Read works from Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Check out art from Jean-Michel Basquiat. Even tour a museum. Locally, we have The Underground Railroad Museum. Read books on African American topics like The 1619 Project, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste.
Celebrate with Music: What is life without a soundtrack? Give genres like R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues and Gospel a listen. Put on some James Brown, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Louis Armstrong, etc.
Historical Movie Night: Sometimes watching a movie is more relatable than reading a book. Have an evening watching movies likeSelma, Women of the Movement or Harriet.
Support organizations that serve the African American Community: Locally we have a few organizations like the NAACP to which you can donate.