Since the 1970’s, Americans have set aside the month of February to celebrate the achievements of African Americans by observing Black History Month. What started as “Negro History Week” all the way back in 1915 eventually became the month long celebration we know today when U.S. president Gerald Ford extended the event to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
You may be wondering how to observe Black History Month, especially if it’s not something you’ve stopped to consider very often. Here are 28 actions to take in the month of February to honor this wonderful tradition and the contributions of African Americans throughout our country’s history. Credit to the NAACP for their original list–it’s been adapted here to make it clear how these apply to Blacks and allies alike.
28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month