100+ Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in 2023
What is Black History Month and how is Black History Month Celebrated? Black History Month was created to remember, commemorate, and celebrate the achievements of African American. Dating back in 1915 (after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in America), it was previously known as Negro History Week. The movement was created by the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland. Back then Negro History Week was celebrated by organizing local gatherings and history clubs to host performances and lectures.
Thanks to growing awareness of the event through the civil rights movements, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month. President Gerald Ford made Black History Month a recognizable month in 1976 to remember “the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Today, Black History Month is a time to honor African American, their contributions to American history and society, their culture, activism, and more! It is celebrated in schools, workplaces, clubs, and local gatherings through activities, lectures, performances, and bring awareness to the accomplishments of African Americans.
Every Black History Month has a theme. The 2023 Black History Month theme is Black Health and Wellness. This theme explores "the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well."
If you are looking for Black History Month celebration ideas all year round, we’ve got you covered. Here are 100+ ways to celebrate Black History Month.
Tip: You can do each activity as a daily challenge
Perform Plays Depicting a moment in Black History
This can be a really fun moment for you and your friends. You can choose any moment in black history (past or present) and reenact the moment. Make it fun, and entertaining and share with your family, friends and loved ones. Here are some play ideas to reenact:
Events surrounding and leading up to Rosa Parks bus boycott
Rosa Parks was a very important figure in the Civil Rights Movement and her bus boycott was one of the most important events. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white passenger on a Montgomery bus. She was arrested for violating the segregation laws in place at the time. Rosa Parks was arrested for violating the segregation laws of the time and fined $14. She later became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. This caused outrage among African Americans in Montgomery and led to a boycott of public transit. The boycott lasted for more than 40 days, until it finally succeeded in desegregating buses.
Martin Luther Kings I have a dream speech
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, in Washington D.C. The speech is one of the most famous and most quoted speeches in American history. In this speech, Martin Luther King Jr. expressed his dream that his four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Recite Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem with a twist
Amanda Gorman is a poet and the youngest person ever to recite an inaugural poem. She was selected by the Presidential Inauguration Committee from a pool of 600 applicants and is the first poet to recite an inaugural poem at age 12. She was selected for her poem “The World’s Greatest,” which she composed in response to President Trump's inauguration speech.
Recite a poem by Angela Davis with a twist
Angela Davis is an American activist, scholar, and author. She was a political prisoner for a number of years in the 1970s but she is best known for her work as an educator and her involvement in the Communist Party USA.
Play on the final speech by Malcolm X
Malcolm X delivered his final speech in New York City on February 21, 1965. He was assassinated the next day. In his speech, Malcolm X talked about the importance of black people to take responsibility for their lives and stop blaming white people for their problems. He also talked about how black people need to organize themselves and think more positively and realistically if they want to improve their lives. Malcolm X’s final speech is still relevant today because it talks about the importance of taking responsibility for one’s life without blaming others for one’s problems. It also talks about how important it is to organize oneself and think more positively if you want to improve your life.
Re-enact Obama’s presidential speech
Obama’s presidential speech was a landmark moment in the history of the United States. It was the first time an African American was elected president and it is also the first presidential speech delivered by a black president. The speech is about hope and change, two things that Obama wanted to bring to America. He talked about how America will be better if we work together as a nation. The speech also addressed some of the problems in America like racism, violence, and economic inequality.
Connect with your Ancestors with these activities
Connecting with your ancestors is a great way to feel and experience the hardships African Americans went through during their fight for freedom. There are many meditation techniques you can use to call upon your ancestors for strength, guidance, and wisdom in any situation you may be facing. Here are a few ways to connect with your ancestors:
Research your family lineage
Researching your family lineage is a great way to find out more about yourself and your history. It is also a great way to learn more about the history of your ancestors.
Write a letter to your ancestors
A letter to your ancestors is a way to connect with them, and it's also a way for you to learn more about yourself. You can use this letter as a way of exploring your family history and your personal history.
Look through old photo albums of your family
Old photo albums are a window into the past. They show us what life was like in the past, and provide us with a visual history of our ancestors.
Meditate and visualize your ancestors
Meditation is a practice that can be traced back to ancient civilizations and is still used today. It is a mental exercise that has been proven to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Meditation can be used with visualization in cases where you want to be in the presence of your ancestors
Black History Activities for Kids and Elementary Students
It is very important for elements students and kids to know their history as well. If you are a teacher, here are some black history activities for Kids and elementary students to learn about their history:
Learn about the Underground Railroad by making a freedom quilt
In this project, students will learn about the Underground Railroad by making a freedom quilt. They will use their creativity to design a quilt that tells their story of what the Underground Railroad means to them. The Underground Railroad was an informal network of people who helped slaves escape from slavery in the United States. The slaves would follow a series of "stations" to the next point on their journey, where they had been prearranged to meet with another person who would help them continue on their journey.
Create a dance based on a moment in black history
This project is about creating a dance based on an event in black history. This can be anything from Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus to the Harlem Renaissance. The goal of this project is to teach students about black history and create a piece of art that will be remembered for generations.
Recreate Martin Luther’s “I have a dream speech” speech with dreams and inspiration from kids
The "I Have a Dream" speech is a public speech by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial harmony and an end to discrimination. Student can create a similar speech speaking about their dreams and aspirations.
Make cuts outs of the first African Americans who achieved who they aspire to be
Making cutouts of African Americans can be a great way for kids to understand figures and visualize them in real life. There are many different ways that you can create a cut out of someone. You can use a photo, print them out, or even use a stencil.
Ask kids/students to dress up as their favorite black historical figure
This can be a fun and engaging way to get kids/students to learn about black history. This activity is great for teaching children about Black History Month. It is also a great way for them to learn about the different types of people that contributed to our society and culture.
Write a letter to a friend or relative about what they learn or know about Black History
This is great way for kids to learn and teach others about Black History.
Create a collage of all Black History moments, figures and interests
A collage about Black History should include a variety of things that are important to black people. This includes events, figures, and interests. The following are some ideas for things to include in a collage about Black History:
- The first African slaves in the American colonies
- The abolition of slavery
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus
- Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his I Have a Dream speech
Read Award Winning African American Books by Black Authors
Another great opportunity to learn about Black History is to ready award winning books by black authors. They are many award winning books by black authors that you can enjoy all year round. Here are a few books by award winning black authors to read:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a novel about the struggles of a family against racism and poverty. The book is set in the 1930s in Mississippi. The story centers on Cassie Logan, a young African American girl who lives with her family on a plantation. The novel tells how Cassie and her brothers face poverty and racism from whites.
Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou: This book is a collection of short stories that are divided into four parts. The first part, “The Miracle of the Blacks”, is about the history of African people in Congo. It talks about how they were slaves and how they were liberated by an African-American general. The second part, “The Black Republic”, talks about the independence of Congo from Belgium and how it became a republic. In this book, Alain Mabanckou uses his writing to show his personal feelings about things like racism and colonialism. He also tries to make a connection between what has happened in Africa with what is happening in America today with police brutality against black people.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James: In 1976, the Jamaican government declared war on its own people. In a society that had been under colonial rule for generations, the people were tired of being oppressed. The Jamaican government responded with a brutal campaign of violence and intimidation. The novel A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James is about this period in Jamaica’s history and how it impacted the lives of several characters in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad is a novel about the life of Cora, a slave who escapes from her plantation in Georgia. It is set in the 1800s and tells the story of Cora’s escape to freedom. It was published in 2016 and won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham: James Hannaham’s book Delicious Foods is a story about a young black man who is trying to find his way in society. The protagonist, Henry, is the son of two addicts and has been raised by his grandmother since he was a baby. In this novel, we follow Henry as he tries to find his own identity and make sense of the world around him. He starts out as an adolescent who is interested in girls, drugs and guns.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward: The novel, Salvage the Bones, is about a family living in poverty in rural Mississippi. It is told from the perspective of a young girl, Esch, who is the youngest of four siblings. This book shows us what it means to be poor and how people cope with that. The story takes place over one hot summer with hurricanes threatening all around them. The family's only escape from their life on the farm is through storytelling and their imagination.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: The book is about a family in the rural Mississippi Delta and its three generations of strong, indomitable women: Baby Girl, the mother; Big Mama, her mother; and Skeeter, her daughter. They are black sharecroppers who must endure both the relentless poverty of their lives and the deep racism of their times. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an uplifting story about how difficult life can be but how it is possible to overcome it with love and support from your family.
Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley: Blonde Faith is a detective novel written by Walter Mosley. The story revolves around the protagonist, Easy Rawlins. He is a black man living in Los Angeles in 1967 and he has to find his missing wife. The story starts with him being at work and he gets a phone call from his wife who tells him that she is going to leave him. He rushes home and finds her gone, so he starts looking for her all over the city of Los Angeles.
The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou: The Heart of a Woman is Maya Angelou's second autobiographical book. It was published in 1983 and it is about her life from her childhood in Arkansas to her adulthood in California.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: The book follows the life of Janie Crawford, a young black woman living in rural Florida, who is caught between two worlds. Janie must decide whether to follow the path of her mother and be a submissive wife or follow her own heart and be an independent woman.
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston: Dust Tracks on a Road is a novel by Zora Neale Hurston. It was published in 1942, and it is her only novel. It tells the story of Janie Crawford, a young black woman living in the rural south, and her quest for self-discovery and love. The novel's title refers to an African-American folk belief that if you walk over someone's dust (or footprints) you will disrupt their spirit and bring bad luck to yourself.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart is a book written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe and published in 1958. The novel tells the story of Okonkwo, an "Ibo man", and his fall from grace as he tries to defend his village from the white colonialists. The novel is set in the late 1800s during British colonial rule in Nigeria, and focuses on themes of colonialism, Christianity, and traditional culture. It also explores what it means to be an African man during this time period. Achebe was a strong proponent of writing about Africans from an African perspective, something that was not done often at the time.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: The Song of Solomon is a novel by Toni Morrison. It was published in 1977 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1978. The book tells the story of a young African-American couple, Milkman and his lover, Pilate.
How We Fight for our Lives by Saeed Jones: Saeed Jones’s poem is about a man who was waiting for death to come. He is waiting for death to come because he has experienced a lot of pain and suffering in his life. The man says that he will not fight for his life anymore, because he has already fought enough. He is tired of fighting, and all the pain and suffering that comes with it.
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth: The book is a memoir, with chapters that alternate between Welteroth’s life story and the history of black women in America. It was published on October 30, 2018
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: Queenie is a novel by Candice Carty-Williams which tells the story of Queenie, a Jamaican girl who was born in London and has to face the challenges of being black in England.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: The first book in the trilogy, Children of Blood and Bone is a young adult fantasy novel written by Tomi Adeyemi. It features an African-inspired world where magic has been outlawed for centuries.
Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan: Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan is a novel about four African-American women who are friends and have different perspectives on life. It's a story about love, friendship, and the struggles of being an African-American woman in America.
Bloodchild by Octavia Butler: Bloodchild is a science fiction novel by Octavia Butler. The novel tells the story of a young girl, who is abducted by aliens and forced to live with them on their home planet. She is raised as an alien, but she retains her human consciousness and identity. The novel explores the child's mixed feelings about being caught between two worlds and the alien culture that has been imposed on her.
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin: Go Tell It on the Mountain is a novel about a black preacher's son, John Grimes, who tries to escape his father's legacy of preaching. The book was published in 1953 and it tells the story of John Grimes as he grows up in 1930s Harlem. Baldwin has been widely acclaimed for his powerful use of language and ability to create complex characters. His writings are very emotional and they deal with topics such as poverty, racism, and homosexuality.
Explore the History of the Civil Rights Movements and Groups
Civil right movements were pivotal in initiating change for African Americans and bridging the gap for freedom and equality. These movements had to climb mountains in order to get their voices heard by those of the power structure. Explore the history of these civil rights movements and groups and how their fight shaped your life and those of others.
Learn about the Black Panther Party
The Black Panther Party was founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. The party's goal was to defend the rights of African Americans and to fight against police brutality in Oakland, California. The Black Panther Party began as an informal social group that grew into a revolutionary organization with a clear set of goals: to protect black neighborhoods from police brutality while also providing food, education, clothing and health care programs.
Write about the Howard University Student Protesters
On Saturday, April 2nd, Howard University Student Protesters staged a sit-in in the university's administration building. They were protesting the university's lack of response to a racist incident that occurred on campus. The protesters were demanding that the university offer more support for students of color and hire more faculty and staff who are people of color.
Find out who were The Little Rock Nine
The Little Rock Nine were a group of African-American students who were the first to attend an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas, after the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in "Brown v. Board of Education" that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional. The students had been selected by their peers to attend Central High School and had been chosen for their grades and willingness to face the challenges they might encounter. They had been assured by the NAACP that they would receive protection from federal troops if they were allowed into the school.
Research The Nation of Islam and Elijah Muhammad
The Nation of Islam is a religious movement that was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad, who later took on the name Elijah Muhammad. It is a black nationalist organization whose stated goals are to improve the spiritual, mental, social and economic condition of African Americans in the United States and all over the world.
Write about National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded on February 12, 1909, in New York City by a small group of African-American civil rights activists.
Find out who were National Welfare Rights Organization
The National Welfare Rights Organization was a civil rights organization founded in 1966. The NWRO was the first national organization to demand that welfare be considered a right and not a charity.
Research the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
The SNCC was created on April 16, 1960 by students who wanted to take a more active role in the civil rights movement. The SNCC's mission statement is "to educate and organize white and black college students, while working with local grassroots organizations."
Learn about the Poor People's Campaign/Resurrection City
The Poor People’s Campaign is an effort to unite poor and disenfranchised people across the country. The campaign’s goal is to build a collective voice to challenge the systemic racism, poverty, and inequality that defines our country today.
Watch Black History Movies
There are tons of Black History movies that you can watch that give a very vivid visualization of Black History and events. Here are 30 must see black history movies to watch this year:
Malcolm X – The movie Malcolm X was released in 1992, directed by Spike Lee. It is a biographical film about the life of the African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, Malcolm X. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards and is considered to be a classic in American cinema.
Hidden Figures - Hidden Figures is a movie based on the true story of three African-American female mathematicians who played a vital role in the success of NASA's space program during the early years.
One Night in Miami - On the night of Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Cassius Clay joins Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, and they discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement.
Selma - Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.
Harriet - The Harriet movie is a historical drama about the life of Harriet Tubman. The movie is based on the book "Bound for the Promised Land" written by Kate Clifford Larson and it tells the story of Harriet's life from her early years as a slave, to her escape from slavery, to her work as an abolitionist.
Just Mercy - Just Mercy is a movie based on the book of the same name by Bryan Stevenson. The movie is about his life and his struggle to help people get justice in America's broken legal system. The movie has been nominated for several awards including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
42 - The film tells the story of Jackie Robinson in 1947 as he joins the Brooklyn Dodgers and becomes the first African American to play Major League Baseball in modern times.
Judas and the Black Messiah - Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
12 Years a Slave - The movie 12 Years a Slave is about a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. He spends 12 years as a slave before he is finally freed.
Remember the Titans - The movie, Remember the Titans, is a story about overcoming racial and cultural barriers to build a unified football team in Virginia. The movie was released in 2000 and starred Denzel Washington and Will Patton. It was directed by Boaz Yakin.
Becoming - “Becoming” is a biographical drama film which is based on the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama. The movie was released on November 16th, 2018 and it has been nominated for several awards.
The Butler - The Butler is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. The film was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, who also has a supporting role. It is loosely based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who served as an African-American butler at the White House for 34 years under eight U.S. Presidents from 1952 to 1986.
Marshall - The movie "Marshall" is a biographical film on Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall and focuses on his early career as a lawyer
The Color Purple - The Color Purple is an American drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie is based on Alice Walker's novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young African-American girl who endures abuse from her father and fights to find her place in the world.
The Great Debaters – The Great Debaters movie is based on the true story of a small debate team from Wiley College in Texas who, under the guidance of professor Melvin Tolson, became one of the most successful college debate teams in history.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a movie about the life of Ma Rainey, a black female blues singer and songwriter who became one of the first great recording stars in the 1920s.
Detroit - The movie Detroit tells the story of the Algiers Motel incident in 1967. The incident was a racially motivated police brutality case. It took place in Detroit, Michigan, and it left three black men dead and nine others injured.
Race - The film Race is a 1975 American biographical drama film about African-American track and field athlete Jesse Owens. The screenplay was written by first-time writer William Wheeler, based on the book by Colin Welland. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.
If Beale Street Could Talk - The movie is based on the 1974 novel of the same name by James Baldwin. It tells a story of Tish, a 19-year-old woman who falls in love with Fonny, her childhood friend. The relationship between Tish and Fonny is threatened by the fact that Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn't commit.
Glory - The movie is about the first African-American regiment to fight for the North during the Civil War. The film follows their journey from training, to their battles in Virginia, and finally to their heroic actions on Fort Wagner. The film was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards and won two: Denzel Washington for Best Actor and Sound Editing.
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks - In 1951, Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It was at this time that doctors took a sample of her cells without her consent. This sample became the first human cells ever to live outside the body. The cells were then used in research and led to the discovery of how some cancers are caused by viruses, as well as how they can be treated.
Queen of Katwe - Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Mira Nair. The screenplay, written by William Wheeler, is based on the book of the same name by Tim Crothers. It tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a girl from the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda who becomes an international chess prodigy.
Get on Up - Get on Up is a biographical film, chronicling the life of James Brown. It is directed by Tate Taylor and stars Chadwick Boseman as the title character. The movie was released on October 17, 2014
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a 2013 biographical film about the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, Nelson Mandela.
Ray - This is a film that tells the story of the legendary musician Ray Charles. It follows his life from his early years as a child prodigy in Georgia to his meteoric rise to fame and fortune, and then back down to Earth after a series of personal and professional setbacks.
Learn an African Dance
African dances are some of the most energetic dances in the world. They have a lot of meaning and can tell a story. The movements are often very exaggerated and can be seen as being theatrical. There is no one way to learn an African dance, but there are some ways that will help you get started. One way is to find videos on YouTube that teach you specific African dance moves. Another way is to find videos that show you different African dance styles and then start practicing those moves in your own time.
Adowa – Ghana: Adowa is a traditional dance in Ghana. The Adowa dance is usually performed by women. The dancers wear a colorful dress and perform an energetic dance to the sound of drums and rattles. The Adowa dance has its roots in the Ga tribe of Ghana.The name “Adowa” comes from the Ga word "adwoa", which means “to make noise” or “to shake”.
Gwara Gwara Dance – South Africa: The Gwara Gwara Dance is a traditional dance from the Xhosa people in South Africa. The dance was originally performed by women and girls, but now men and boys participate as well. The Gwara Gwara Dance is a social dance that is performed at weddings and other celebrations.
Rosalina Dance – Democratic Republic of Congo: Rosalina Dance is a traditional dance in Democratic Republic of Congo. The dance is performed by two dancers and one drummer. The dancers introduce themselves to the audience and then start dancing. The dancer’s movements are graceful, fast, and sometimes sensual.
Pilolo Dance – Ghana: Pilolo Dance is a traditional dance of the Ga people in Ghana. It is performed at funerals, weddings and other special occasions. The Pilolo Dance is performed to welcome guests as they arrive, and to bid farewell to those who are leaving. There are different types of dances that can be performed by men and women during the course of a day, depending on what event they are attending.
Malwedhe/Idibala Dance – South Africa: Malwedhe/Idibala Dance is a traditional dance that is performed by the Khoi, Namaqua and San people of South Africa. The Malwedhe dance is performed by men and women in order to celebrate the arrival of spring. The dancers perform in a circle, holding hands and jumping up and down. The Khoi people also have a related dance called Idibala.
Black Panther/Wakanda – Africa/Diaspora: The dance is a fusion of African and Caribbean dance styles. It is characterized by its fast and complex footwork, with the body moving in different directions while the upper body remains relatively still. The roots of Wakanda can be found in Trinidad and Tobago, where it was one of the most popular dances during the early 20th century.
Vosho Dance – South Africa: The Vosho Dance is a popular dance in South Africa. It is a type of dance that has its roots in the Zulu culture. The word “Vosho” means “to play” or “to enjoy oneself” and it is mainly practiced by women during celebrations.
Kwangwaru Dance – Tanzania: Kwangwaru is a traditional dance from Tanzania. It is usually performed at celebrations, such as weddings and christenings.
Kpakujemu – Nigeria: The kpakujemu dance is a traditional dance from Nigeria. It is usually performed during weddings, festivals and other occasions. The dancers use their hands and feet to make different movements to the beat of the music. The music is usually played on drums, with some other instruments like the gong or the trumpet.
Kupe Dance – Ghana: The Kupe Dance is a traditional dance that is performed in Ghana. It is a celebration of the fishing season and the end of the dry season. The dance honors Kupe, an ancient king who was said to have introduced fishing to Ghana and taught people how to catch fish with nets.
Coupé-Décalé – Côte d'Ivoire: Coupé-Décalé is a style of dance music that originated in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. The genre was popularized by DJ Arafat who founded the "Abidjazz" label to promote Ivorian artists.
Mapouka – Côte d'Ivoire: Mapouka is a popular Ivorian dance, originating from the northern region of the country. The music for this dance is also called Mapouka. It is a popular form of entertainment in Côte d'Ivoire, and it can be heard at most social occasions.
Kete dance – Ghana: Kete dance is an integral part of the culture in Ghana. It is a dance that is performed by men and women, where they use a drum called kete to provide rhythm.
Alkayida – Ghana: Alkayida is a traditional dance in Ghana. This dance was created by the Ga people and it is performed by the men and women of the Ga tribe. Alkayida is performed at funerals, during celebrations, and other special occasions.
Learn Popular Languages in Africa
There are a number of languages spoken in Africa, with many countries having their own official language. The most spoken languages are Swahili, Arabic, English and French. In order to learn popular languages in Africa, it is necessary to find the right course for you. There are many different types of courses available - some offer more formal study methods while others provide more informal ways to learn. Here are 9 popular African languages to learn:
Swahili - This language is spoken by over 100 million people and is used across East Africa as a lingua franca.
Amharic - Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and one of the official languages of Sudan. It is spoken by 27 million people in Ethiopia, and a further 8 million in Sudan.
Yoruba - This language has over 25 million speakers mainly in Nigeria with other speakers scattered across West Africa. It is one of the most widely spoken African languages today.
Oromo - The Oromo language is the most widely spoken language in Ethiopia and the second most used language in Kenya.
Hausa - Hausa is a Chadic language spoken by about 50 million people in West and Central Africa. It is an official language of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Benin.
Igbo - Igbo language is a Nigerian language spoken by the Igbo people in Eastern Nigeria. It is one of the most widely spoken African languages, with over 20 million speakers.
Zulu - Zulu is a Bantu language spoken by about 11 million people, mainly in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Zulu is written using the Latin alphabet. It has a rich oral tradition that includes folktales, poems, and songs.
Shona - Shona is a Bantu language spoken by about 7 million people, mainly in Zimbabwe. It is the most widely spoken language in Zimbabwe and the second most widely spoken in South Africa, after Zulu.
Kiswahili: This language has about 120 million native speakers in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo
Twi: Twi is the language of the Akan people of Ghana. It is a tonal language with a rich oral tradition and has its own alphabet.
Donate to Charities that Advocate for African Americans Issues
African American charities are non-profit organizations that provide services to African Americans and other minority groups. These charities are often set up to help people that are suffering from poverty, racism, or injustice. The United States has a long history of African American charities and the majority of them were established in the late 1800s. Many African American charities focus on educating and empowering their communities. They want to give people the tools they need to succeed in society so they can make a better life for themselves and their families. Here are some of the most reputable African American charities to donate to.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1940. The organization's mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority groups throughout the country
The Sentencing Project: The Sentencing Project is a research and advocacy organization that promotes reforms in sentencing policy.
National Civil Rights Museum: The National Civil Rights Museum is located in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a museum that was built to commemorate the struggle for civil rights in America.
Facing History and Ourselves: Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit organization that provides educational programs for students and teachers. Founded in 1979, the organization has been providing its services for more than 40 years.
Black AIDS Institute: The Black AIDS Institute is a non-profit organization that provides information and resources to African Americans, who are most affected by HIV/AIDS.
My Brother's Keeper Alliance: The My Brother's Keeper Alliance is a network of business leaders and philanthropists who have come together to help close the opportunity gap for boys and young men of color.
100 Black Men of America: The 100 Black Men of America is a non-profit organization founded in 1963 by Dr. George Edward Tatum. The organization's mission is to "provide support and promote the development of African American men and boys."
Black Girls CODE: Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization that teaches girls of color to code. Black Girls CODE was co-founded by Kimberly Bryant who wanted to increase the number of women of color in the technology industry.
The Innocence Project: The Innocence Project is a non-profit organization that uses DNA evidence to exonerate prisoners who have been wrongly convicted. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, two law professors from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City
Black Youth Project: The Black Youth Project is a research-based initiative that helps to identify the needs of African American youth in order to improve their quality of life.
Prepare Traditional African Meals
African cuisine is a diverse and vibrant culinary tradition that is known for its rich flavors and colorful dishes. From spicy stews and savory soups to flavorful grilled meats and fresh vegetables, African food is sure to delight the senses. If you're interested in exploring the world of African cooking, there are a few things you should know before getting started. In this section, we'll provide some tips and tricks for preparing African meals in your own kitchen, as well as some recipe ideas to get you started. Whether you're an experienced cook or a beginner, there's something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to African cuisine. So let's get cooking!
Jollof rice: This popular West African dish is made with rice, vegetables, and a variety of spices, and is often served with grilled chicken or beef.
Suya: This spicy grilled meat dish is a popular street food in West Africa, and is made with a variety of spices and served with onions, tomatoes, and peppers.
Fufu: This staple food in many African countries is made by pounding starchy root vegetables into a dough-like consistency, and is often served with stews or soups.
Injera: This traditional Ethiopian flatbread is made with a sourdough starter and is often served with a variety of stews and vegetables.
Bobotie: This South African dish is made with minced meat, spices, and a topping of egg and milk, and is often served with rice or vegetables.
Biltong: This popular snack in South Africa is made with dried and cured meat, and is often served as a snack or appetizer.
Moin moin: This Nigerian dish is made with steamed ground beans and is often served with rice or bread.
Cachupa: This hearty stew is a national dish of Cape Verde, and is made with a variety of vegetables and beans, as well as either seafood or meat.
Mujadara: This popular Middle Eastern dish is made with lentils, rice, and caramelized onions, and is often served with a variety of vegetables.
Mbuzi choma: This Kenyan dish is made with grilled goat meat, and is often served with a variety of vegetables and sauces.
Listen to Awesome Black Music in Multiple Genres
African American music has a rich and varied history, with a wide range of styles and influences. From the blues and jazz of the early 20th century to the hip hop and R&B of today, African American music has always been at the forefront of popular culture. In this guide, we will highlight some of the best African American musicians in every genre, from classic hits to contemporary favorites. Whether you're a fan of rock, pop, hip hop, or any other style of music, there is something for everyone in this guide to the best African American music.
- Jimi Hendrix: Considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix's innovative and influential style helped to shape the sound of rock music.
- Chuck Berry: A pioneer of rock and roll, Chuck Berry's contributions to the genre are immeasurable, and his hits like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven" remain timeless classics.
- Lenny Kravitz: Known for his eclectic blend of rock, funk, and soul, Lenny Kravitz has enjoyed a successful career with hits like "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "Fly Away."
- Michael Jackson: The "King of Pop," Michael Jackson's iconic style and groundbreaking music set the standard for pop music for decades.
- Beyonce: One of the most successful and influential pop stars of the 21st century, Beyonce's powerful vocals and innovative music have made her a global phenomenon.
- Tupac Shakur: Considered one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, Tupac Shakur's music addressed social and political issues and continues to be influential to this day.
- Kendrick Lamar: A modern hip hop icon, Kendrick Lamar's thought-provoking lyrics and innovative production have earned him numerous awards and critical acclaim.
- Kanye West: Known for his controversial personality and groundbreaking music, Kanye West has had a significant impact on the hip hop genre and popular culture.
- Aretha Franklin: The "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin's powerful vocals and timeless hits like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" have cemented her place in music history.
- Marvin Gaye: A pioneer of soul and R&B, Marvin Gaye's smooth vocals and socially conscious lyrics have made him a beloved artist for generations.
- R. Kelly: A contemporary R&B icon, R. Kelly's hits like "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Ignition (Remix)" have made him a household name.
- Louis Armstrong: A pioneer of jazz and one of the most influential musicians of all time, Louis Armstrong's innovative style and virtuosic playing have made him a jazz legend.
- Miles Davis: A master of improvisation and one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, Miles Davis's contributions to the genre are immeasurable.
- John Coltrane: Known for his technical proficiency and spiritual approach to music, John Coltrane's innovative style has made him a jazz icon.
Visit an African Country Affected by Slavery or Colonization
Slavery has had a profound impact on Africa and its people, with numerous African countries being affected by the transatlantic slave trade and the exploitation of their citizens. The transatlantic slave trade, which lasted from the 16th to the 19th centuries, saw millions of Africans forcibly taken from their homes and sold into slavery in the Americas. The effects of this horrific period in history continue to be felt in Africa today, with many African countries still struggling with the legacies of slavery and colonialism. In this section, we will explore the history of slavery in Africa and the impact it has had on the continent and its people.
Angola: Angola was one of the main sources of slaves for the Portuguese slave trade, with an estimated 4 million people being taken from Angola during the transatlantic slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to Brazil, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Benin: The Kingdom of Dahomey, which is now modern-day Benin, was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade. The Dahomey Kingdom was known for its brutal and efficient system of capturing and transporting slaves, and an estimated 1 million people were taken from Benin during the slave trade.
Ghana: Ghana was an important source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 1 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Senegal: Senegal was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 1.5 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Congo: The Kingdom of Kongo, which is now modern-day Congo, was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade. An estimated 3 million people were taken from the Kingdom of Kongo during the slave trade, with many of these slaves being taken to the Americas to work on plantations and in mines.
Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 2 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Nigeria: Nigeria was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 2 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Cameroon: Cameroon was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 2 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Togo: Togo was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 1 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Mozambique: Mozambique was a major source of slaves for the transatlantic slave trade, with an estimated 1 million people being taken from the region during the slave trade. Many of these slaves were taken to the Americas, where they were forced to work on plantations and in mines.
Celebrate Black History Historical Figures and Activist
Throughout history, African Americans have made significant contributions to society in a variety of fields, including civil rights, science, art, and more. These historical black figures have overcome numerous barriers and challenges to achieve success and make a positive impact on their communities and the world. From iconic civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to groundbreaking scientists like George Washington Carver and Mae Jemison, African Americans have played a vital role in shaping the course of history. This black history month, take some time to learn of the most influential and important historical black figures, exploring their accomplishments and contributions to society.
Martin Luther King Jr.: Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
Rosa Parks: Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white passenger, defying segregation laws of the time. Her act of defiance sparked a year-long boycott of the Montgomery bus system, which ultimately led to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring segregation on public buses to be unconstitutional.
Malcolm X: Malcolm X was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a vocal critic of racial segregation and discrimination. He is best known for his work as a leader of the Nation of Islam and for his advocacy for black pride and self-determination.
Frederick Douglass: Frederick Douglass was an African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He was a key figure in the abolitionist movement and is best known for his work to end slavery and promote civil rights for African Americans.
Harriet Tubman: Harriet Tubman was an African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. She is best known for her work as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, helping to guide enslaved people to freedom.
Sojourner Truth: Sojourner Truth was an African American abolitionist and women's rights activist who is best known for her "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, which highlighted the intersectionality of her identities as a black woman.
W.E.B. Du Bois: W.E.B. Du Bois was an African American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist who was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is best known for his work on racial inequality and for co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Ida B. Wells: Ida B. Wells was a journalist, activist, and suffragist who is best known for her work fighting lynching and segregation in the United States. She was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was a vocal advocate for women's suffrage.
James Baldwin: James Baldwin was an African American novelist, essayist, and activist who was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. He is best known for his work exploring race, sexuality, and identity in America.
Angela Davis: Angela Davis is an African American political activist, scholar, and author who is best known for her work on issues of race, gender, and social justice. She has been an active participant in various social and political movements, including the civil rights movement and the prison abolition movement.
Commemorate Art from Black Artists
Art has always been a powerful way to express and explore the complexities of the human experience, and African American art is no exception. From the rich tradition of African American literature and poetry to the vibrant visual arts scene, African American art has played a vital role in shaping the cultural landscape of the United States and beyond. In this article, we will explore some of the award-winning black history art that has captivated and inspired audiences around the world. From powerful paintings and sculptures to thought-provoking films and performances, these works of art have not only received critical acclaim but have also played a significant role in shaping the narrative of black history and the African American experience.
Jacob Lawrence: Jacob Lawrence was a painter and printmaker known for his dynamic and expressive style, as well as his poignant portrayal of African American life and history. Lawrence's work has been exhibited in museums around the world and is considered an important contributor to the Harlem Renaissance.
Augusta Savage: Augusta Savage was a sculptor and educator who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Savage's work focused on the African American experience and was praised for its technical proficiency and emotional depth.
Romare Bearden: Romare Bearden was a painter, collage artist, and graphic novelist who was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement. Bearden's work explored themes of African American culture and history, and his colorful and expressive style made him a beloved and influential artist.
Kara Walker: Kara Walker is a contemporary artist known for her powerful and provocative work, which often explores themes of race, gender, and identity. Walker's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and she has received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to the art world.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Jean-Michel Basquiat was a painter and graffiti artist whose work gained widespread recognition in the 1980s. Basquiat's bold and expressive style and his portrayal of African American life and history made him a key figure in the downtown New York art scene.
Faith Ringgold: Faith Ringgold is a painter, quilter, and author whose work explores themes of race, gender, and social justice. Ringgold's story quilts, which combine painting, fabric, and storytelling, have gained widespread recognition and are considered an important contribution to the art world.
Visit Black History Museums and Historical Sites
Black history museums and historical sites are important places for preserving and sharing the rich and varied history of African Americans. These institutions serve as important resources for understanding the struggles and triumphs of the African American community and the significant contributions that African Americans have made to society. From museums that showcase the art, literature, and culture of African Americans to historical sites that commemorate key moments in black history, these institutions offer a wealth of information and insights into the African American experience. In this article, we will explore some of the best black history museums and historical sites that offer a glimpse into the rich history of African Americans.
Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington D.C.)
This museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, is the only national museum devoted exclusively to African American history and culture. It features exhibits on a wide range of topics, including slavery, civil rights, and African American contributions to art, science, and more.
Visit The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park (Atlanta, Georgia)
This park includes the home of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was a minister. The park also includes the King Center, which houses a museum and research center dedicated to King's life and work.
Visit The African American Museum in Philadelphia
This museum, which is the first museum dedicated to African American history and culture in the United States, features exhibits on a wide range of topics, including slavery, civil rights, and African American contributions to the arts and sciences.
Visit The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Greensboro, North Carolina)
This museum, which is located in the former Woolworth's department store where the Greensboro sit-ins took place, features exhibits on the civil rights movement and the struggle for racial equality in the United States.
Visit The National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, Tennessee)
This museum, which is located at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, features exhibits on the civil rights movement and the struggle for racial equality in the United States.
Visit The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York City)
This research library, which is part of the New York Public Library, is a leading institution for the study of African American histVisitory and culture. It houses a collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials related to African American history and culture.
Visit The African American Museum of Iowa (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
This museum, which is the first museum dedicated to African American history and culture in Iowa, features exhibits on a wide range of topics, including slavery, civil rights, and African American contributions to the arts and sciences.
Watch Anime TV Show with Black characters
Black anime TV shows are a growing and important part of the anime landscape, offering a diverse range of stories and characters that reflect the experiences and perspectives of black people. From action-packed adventures and heartwarming comedies to thought-provoking dramas and historical fiction, black anime TV shows offer something for every viewer. These shows not only provide entertaining and engaging stories but also offer a glimpse into the diversity and complexity of the black experience.
Learn about Black Entrepreneur’s and their Impactful inventions
Black entrepreneurs have made significant contributions to the world of business and innovation. Throughout history, Black inventors and business owners have developed a wide range of products and services that have had a lasting impact on society. From the portable refrigeration unit developed by Frederick McKinley Jones to the hair care products created by Madam C.J. Walker, Black entrepreneurs have consistently demonstrated their ingenuity and determination in the face of adversity. Despite facing numerous challenges and barriers, these individuals have persevered and achieved success in their fields, paving the way for future generations of Black business leaders.
Frederick McKinley Jones - Inventor of the portable refrigeration unit, which revolutionized the transportation of perishable goods. Jones received over 60 patents in his lifetime and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991.
George Washington Carver - Inventor and scientist who developed hundreds of products using peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other crops. Carver's inventions included a variety of products such as paints, plastics, and gasoline.
Garrett Morgan - Inventor of the gas mask and the traffic signal. Morgan's gas mask was used by firefighters and soldiers during World War I, and his traffic signal was the first to use red and green lights to indicate when to stop and go.
Elijah McCoy - Inventor of the automatic lubrication system for steam engines. McCoy's invention allowed for the continuous lubrication of machinery, increasing efficiency and reducing downtime.
Madam C.J. Walker - Inventor of a line of hair care products and the first self-made female millionaire in the US. Walker's products were specifically designed for African-American hair and helped to popularize the use of hair straighteners and hot combs.
Percy Julian - Inventor and scientist who developed synthesized versions of cortisone and other hormones, making them more widely available and affordable. Julian's work also led to the development of drugs used to treat glaucoma and Parkinson's disease.
Lewis Latimer - Inventor and draftsman who made important contributions to the development of the telephone and the light bulb. Latimer also developed a system for manufacturing carbon filaments, which improved the efficiency of incandescent light bulbs.
Otis Boykin - Inventor and engineer who developed a number of electronic devices, including an improved resistor used in computers and radios. Boykin's work also led to the development of the pacemaker.
Dr. Mark Dean - Inventor and computer engineer who played a key role in the development of the personal computer. Dean holds three of the nine patents for the IBM personal computer and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997.
Dr. Shirley Jackson - Inventor and physicist who made important contributions to the development of the modern telecommunications industry. Jackson's work led to the development of the touch-tone telephone and call waiting. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007.
Shop and Support Black Owned Luxury Brands
Black luxury brands are a testament to the creativity, innovation, and excellence of Black entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry. These brands, which are owned and operated by Black individuals, offer high-quality, luxurious products that cater to a discerning clientele. From clothing and accessories to skincare and cosmetics, Black luxury brands offer a wide range of products that are designed to meet the specific needs and preferences of their customers. Whether through their use of high-quality materials, unique design aesthetic, or commitment to sustainability, Black luxury brands have established themselves as leaders in the luxury market. As consumers increasingly seek out brands that align with their values and support diverse communities, Black luxury brands offer a compelling alternative to traditional luxury players.
Fenty Beauty - Founded by Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman Rihanna, Fenty Beauty offers a range of cosmetics and skincare products that are known for their inclusivity and high quality.
Nubian Skin - This lingerie and hosiery brand was founded by Ade Hassan in response to the lack of skin-tone options available in the market. Nubian Skin's products are designed to cater to a range of skin tones and are made with high-quality materials.
Pat McGrath Labs - Founded by makeup artist Pat McGrath, this cosmetics brand offers a range of high-quality products that are used by makeup artists and consumers alike.
Pyer Moss - Founded by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss is a fashion brand that is known for its socially conscious, politically charged designs. The brand's clothing and accessories are made with high-quality materials and are worn by celebrities and fashion influencers.
Learn More About Black Activist Groups
Black activist groups have played a crucial role in advocating for the rights and freedoms of Black individuals throughout history. These groups have worked to bring about social, political, and economic change by organizing protests, sit-ins, boycotts, and other forms of civil disobedience. Black activist groups have sought to challenge and dismantle systems of oppression and discrimination, and to promote racial justice and equality. From the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s to the Black Lives Matter movement of the present day, Black activist groups have been at the forefront of efforts to bring about positive change for Black communities. Despite facing significant challenges and obstacles, these groups have persevered and continue to work towards a more just and equitable society for all.
Black Lives Matter - This decentralized movement seeks to bring attention to and combat police brutality and systemic racism against Black individuals. Black Lives Matter has organized protests and campaigns around the world and has inspired a new generation of activists.
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) - Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. The organization works to promote the rights and interests of Black Americans through education, advocacy, and activism.
SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) - Founded in 1957 by civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr., the SCLC is a civil rights organization that seeks to bring about social change through non-violent means.
National Action Network - Founded by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, the National Action Network is a civil rights organization that works to promote social justice and equality through education, advocacy, and activism.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) - This grassroots organization is made up of young Black activists who seek to bring about social and political change through direct action and community organizing. BYP100 has chapters in cities across the United States.
Create a Freedom Quilt
Freedom quilts, also known as "underground railroad quilts" or "abolitionist quilts," were quilts that were made and used by Black slaves in the United States as a means of communication and navigation during their escape to freedom. These quilts were often used to convey messages and directions to other slaves, and some were designed to resemble actual quilts but with hidden symbols and codes sewn into the fabric. For example, a quilt with a pattern of crossed logs might indicate that there was a safe house nearby, while a quilt with a bear paw pattern might indicate that the escape route involved following the North Star. Freedom quilts were an important tool for enslaved individuals seeking to escape slavery, and they played a significant role in the abolitionist movement.
You can create your own freedom quilt by using symbols representing things that hold dear meaning to your life. This can also be a roadmap to helping you achieve the things you want in life.
Here are the steps for making a freedom quilt:
Gather materials: You will need fabric in a variety of colors, scissors, thread, and a needle. You may also want to use a sewing machine for added durability.
Cut the fabric: Cut the fabric into squares or rectangles of various sizes. You can use a variety of patterns and colors to create a visually interesting quilt.
Arrange the fabric: Lay out the fabric squares or rectangles in a pattern that you like. You can use a traditional quilt pattern, or create your own unique design.
Pin the fabric: Once you have arranged the fabric in a pattern that you like, use pins to hold the fabric in place.
Sew the fabric: Use a needle and thread or a sewing machine to sew the fabric squares or rectangles together. Start at the center and work your way outwards, sewing each piece of fabric to its neighbors.
Finish the quilt: Once you have sewn all of the fabric pieces together, you can add a backing to the quilt if desired. You can use a solid-colored fabric or a patterned fabric. Sew the backing to the quilt using a needle and thread or a sewing machine.
Display or use the quilt: Hang the quilt on a wall or use it as a bedspread or throw. You can also give it as a gift or donate it to a charity or community group.
Create a Post on Instagram or Tiktok Everyday about Black History
Black history is an important and integral part of American history, and it's important to remember and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people throughout history. One way to do this is by sharing a daily post about Black history on social media platforms like Instagram or TikTok. Whether it's a quote, a historical event, or a spotlight on a particular individual, these daily posts can help to educate and inspire others while also honoring the rich and diverse heritage of the Black community. By creating these daily posts, you can help to raise awareness and understanding of Black history and the ongoing fight for justice and equality.
Listen to Podcasts related to Black Culture
Black voices and perspectives are vital to the conversation about race and social justice, and one way to support and amplify these voices is by listening to and supporting Black podcasts. From current events and politics to personal stories and cultural discussions, Black podcasts offer a wide range of perspectives and insights that can help to deepen our understanding of the world around us. By supporting Black podcasts, we can help to ensure that Black voices are heard and valued, and that the unique experiences and perspectives of the Black community are given the platform they deserve. Whether through subscribing, leaving ratings and reviews, or sharing with friends and family, there are many ways to show your support for Black podcasts and the important work they do.
Here are some of the best black owned podcasts to support
"The Nod" - Hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, "The Nod" is a weekly podcast about the joy, wonder, and absurdity of Black life.
"Another Round" - Hosted by Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, "Another Round" is a podcast about culture, race, and friendship.
"The Read" - Hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle, "The Read" is a weekly podcast about pop culture, news, and current events.
"Code Switch" - Hosted by a team of journalists, "Code Switch" is a podcast about race, ethnicity, and culture.
"The Friends of Dorothy" - Hosted by Thembi Ford and Geena the Latina, "The Friends of Dorothy" is a podcast about all things LGBTQIA+ from a Black and Latina perspective.
Go to Poetry Night that Feature Black Artists
Black poetry nights are events that celebrate and showcase the diverse talents of Black poets and spoken word artists. These events provide a platform for Black artists to share their work with a wider audience, and they also offer the opportunity for attendees to engage with and appreciate the beauty and depth of Black poetry. Black poetry nights can be a powerful way to connect with and support the Black community, as well as to learn about and appreciate the rich tradition of Black poetry and spoken word. Whether you're a poet yourself or simply an admirer of the art form, Black poetry nights are a must-attend event for anyone interested in the power of words and the voices of Black artists.
Watch Standup by Black Comedians
Watching standup comedy is a great way to laugh and have a good time, and there are many talented Black comedians who are worth checking out. Some popular Black standup comedians include:
- Dave Chappelle
- Kevin Hart
- Tiffany Haddish
- Chris Rock
- Wanda Sykes
- Hannibal Buress
- Cedric the Entertainer
- Tracy Morgan
- Bernie Mac
- Richard Pryor
There are many more Black comedians out there, and you can find them by searching online or checking out comedy clubs and events in your area. Watching standup comedy is a great way to support Black artists and have a good time, so why not give it a try?
Go to a Black Owned Michelin Restaurant
There are a few Black-owned restaurants that have received Michelin stars, which are considered a prestigious honor in the culinary world. Here are a few examples:
Le Jardinier, Los Angeles: This restaurant, which is owned by chef Alain Verzeroli, received a Michelin star in 2020.
The Kitchen, Oakland: This restaurant, which is owned by chef Tanya Holland, received a Michelin star in 2018.
West, Chicago: This restaurant, which is owned by chef Eric Williams, received a Michelin star in 2018.
The Grey, Savannah: This restaurant, which is owned by chef Mashama Bailey, received a Michelin star in 2020.
There may be other Black-owned restaurants with Michelin stars, but these are a few examples. If you're interested in supporting Black-owned businesses and trying some exceptional cuisine, these restaurants are definitely worth checking out.
Go to any Black Owned Restaurant
One way to celebrate Black History Month is by eating at Black-owned restaurants. Here are a few tips for finding and supporting Black-owned restaurants in your area:
Search online for Black-owned restaurants in your area. There are several websites and directories that list Black-owned businesses, including restaurants.
Ask friends and family for recommendations. They may know of some great Black-owned restaurants in your area that you haven't heard of.
Follow Black food bloggers and influencers on social media. They often feature Black-owned restaurants and can be a great source of recommendations.
Support local farmers markets and food vendors. Many Black-owned businesses participate in farmers markets and other food-related events, and you can support them by shopping there.
By visiting Black-owned restaurants and supporting Black-owned businesses, you can help to promote economic equality and make a positive impact in your community
Open a Bank Account at a Black Owned Bank
Opening a bank account at a Black-owned bank is a great way to support the Black community and promote economic equality. Black-owned banks are financial institutions that are owned and operated by members of the Black community, and they are dedicated to serving and supporting the financial needs of their customers.
By choosing to bank with a Black-owned bank, you can help to ensure that your money is being used to support and invest in the Black community. Plus, Black-owned banks often offer competitive rates and services, so you can feel good about supporting a good cause while also taking care of your financial needs.
If you're interested in opening a bank account at a Black-owned bank, there are many options to choose from. Simply search online or ask friends and family for recommendations to find a Black-owned bank that meets your needs.
OneUnited Bank: This bank, which is headquartered in Boston, is the largest Black-owned bank in the United States. It has branches in several cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia.
Liberty Bank: This bank, which is headquartered in New Orleans, is the second-largest Black-owned bank in the United States. It has branches in several states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Industrial Bank: This bank, which is headquartered in Washington D.C., is the third-largest Black-owned bank in the United States. It has branches in several cities across the country, including Baltimore, Chicago, and New York.
Broadway Federal Bank: This bank, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, is a community-based institution that serves the financial needs of low- and moderate-income communities.
Citizens Trust Bank: This bank, which is headquartered in Atlanta, has a long history of serving the financial needs of the Black community. It has branches in several cities across the Southeast.
Do Grocery at a Black Owned Supermarket
Black-owned supermarkets are an integral part of the Black community, and they play a vital role in supporting and sustaining local economies. By choosing to shop at Black-owned supermarkets, you can help to ensure that your money is being used to support and invest in the Black community. There are many ways to support Black-owned supermarkets, including:
- Making a conscious effort to shop at Black-owned supermarkets whenever possible.
- Sharing information about Black-owned supermarkets with friends and family, and encouraging them to shop there as well.
- Leaving ratings and reviews on social media and other platforms to help promote Black-owned supermarkets.
- Supporting local farmers markets and food vendors, many of whom are Black-owned businesses.
By supporting Black-owned supermarkets, you can help to promote economic equality and make a positive impact in your community. Plus, you'll be able to support businesses that are owned and operated by members of the Black community.
Visit a Historical Black Church
Visiting a historical Black church can be a meaningful and enriching experience. Historical Black churches are an important part of the Black community and have played a significant role in the history of the United States. Many of these churches have a long and storied history, and they are often architectural and cultural landmarks in their own right.
Here are 10 historical churches to visit during Black History month.
Metropolitan AME Church, Washington D.C. - This church, which was founded in 1836, is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in the city. It has a long history of social activism and has played a key role in the Civil Rights movement.
Mother AME Zion Church, New York City - This church, which was founded in 1796, is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City. It has a rich history and has been a center of cultural and spiritual life in the city for over 200 years.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia - This church, which was founded in 1794, is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. It has a long history of social activism and has played a key role in the Civil Rights movement.
Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, Raleigh - This church, which was founded in 1867, is the oldest continuously operating Black Episcopal Church in the South. It has a rich history and has been a center of spiritual and cultural life for over 150 years.
First African Baptist Church, Savannah - This church, which was founded in 1777, is the oldest Black Baptist church in the United States. It has a long history of social activism and has played a key role in the Civil Rights movement.
Try a New Black Hairstyle Every Week
Trying a new Black hairstyle every week during Black History month can be a fun and creative way to experiment with your look and explore different styles. There are many different Black hairstyles to choose from, ranging from braids and cornrows to twists and curls. Some popular Black hairstyles include:
- Box braids
- Senegalese twists
- Bantu knots
- Faux locs
To try a new Black hairstyle every week, you can do some research online or ask a stylist for recommendations. You can also experiment with different hairstyling techniques and products to create a wide range of looks. Whether you're looking for a new everyday style or just want to have some fun with your hair, trying a new Black hairstyle every week during black history month can be a great way to express yourself and try something new.
Conclusion of Fun Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in 2023
Black History Month is an important time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people throughout history. There are many fun and creative ways to observe and honor this month. Some ideas could include hosting a film festival featuring Black filmmakers, hosting a book club focused on works by Black authors, organizing a Black History Month-themed potluck or dinner party, or attending a local event or presentation on Black history. Other options might include creating art or music inspired by Black culture, volunteering with organizations that support Black communities, or engaging in conversations with friends and family about the significance of Black History Month. Ultimately, the key is to find activities that are meaningful and enjoyable, and that help to educate and raise awareness about the rich history and culture of Black people.