Black History Month was originally started by Carter G. Woodson in the early 1920’s as a way to educate others about Black culture and history. Woodson was known as the “father of Black history” and felt strongly that all Americans should be educated on contributions made by African Americans. Every year in February, the United States (and Canada) use the month as a way to celebrate and acknowledge our history.
Here are some ways you can honor and celebrate Black History Month this February (and every other month!)
Support a Black-owned Business
By shopping and supporting a Black-owned business, you’re not only contributing to a local economy, but these purchases also aid in creating opportunities for more families. Find a local or national Black-owned company by checking out the link below
You could also show your support by using social media to post about your experience with a Black owned business. Never underestimate giving a company a positive review or even just tagging the company in a new post! This can bring new attention and customers to the business.
Never Stop Learning!
There are so many ways to continue educating yourself not only on African American history but also current happenings in our world. If you’re looking for another way to challenge your thinking, try watching some of these well-known movies:
42– this is a true story about the first African American baseball player allowed to play in the Major Leagues, Jackie Robinson.
The Gabby Douglas Story– this movie tells the story of of Gabby Douglas, who was the first African American gymnast to win both the all around and team gold metal at the Olympics.
Dead Presidents– this movie does a deep dive into into the treatment of Black veterans when they came home from the Vietnam War. The story follows the main character through his time in the military and the hardships he faces when he returns home with less opportunity.
African Americans and the Arts
The theme for 2024 Black History Month is “African Americans and the Arts”. Another way to participate in this theme is to research local museums. Being stationed at Fort Meade gives our family a great opportunity to visit the museum exhibits in Washington, DC this year. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has several events planned all month long and offers an inspiring experience for your whole family!
Start the Conversation
This month long celebration gives us the opportunity to dive into deeper conversations and learn more about our history. This doesn’t mean only focusing on those who are famous but also recognizing the everyday people who continue to push for change. Understanding that everyone’s story is important and can play a pivotal role in everyone’s lives.
About the Author:
Brittany has been a PCS Mentor with Milhousing Network for over 2 years, and loves being able to help other military families! Her husband is active duty in the Army, and their family recently purchased their first home in Maryland. Their first duty station was in San Antonio, and she loves the city!