|“We are going back to that beautiful history and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements.”–Carter G. Woodson(Founder of Black History Month)|
We hope that this month you feel held, you are celebrating and you find joy!
History is alive all the time, all around us. This month in particular provides so many doors to open, through which we discover and reflect upon our experiences and knowledge. At the same time, we know that African American history is being hotly contested and muddled into a divisive issue. This month, let us resist this erasure and wrap our arms around each other and all the things we have yet to learn and to teach. Let us fill the corners of our social media and our conversations with our learnings and yearnings for liberation.
Watch the ritual film “between starshine and clay” by Lead to Life produced with community members across California who have been impacted by policy brutality and gun violence.
Sign up for a Black History Month festival virtual event held by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). You can also read ASALH’s compelling statement of Florida’s rejection of the AP African American History course. Plus, check out the plethora of reading hosted by the School for Black Feminist Politics.
Need some activities for your workplace to talk about anti-Blackness? Check out this Dismantling Anti-Blackness in Democratic Workplaces toolkit from AORTA. You can also watch this excellent primer on the history of race with historical case studies: Challenging Anti-Blackness for Collective Liberation. Read through the Movement for Black Lives’ visionary policy platform for critical info on areas for policy and action.
Find Black owned businesses here. Or check out:Celebrate black history month by supporting these Black-owned businessesWe Back Black Businesses13 ways to support Black-owned businesses and organizations