100+ Fun Ways to Celebrate Black History Month
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 2022 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 365 fun 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.
Bonus: Here are 22 more fun activities you can do for Black History Month
Prepare African American Meals
Listen to Awesome Black Music in Multiple Genres
Visit an African country that was affect by slavery or colonization
Celebrate Black History Historical Figures and Activist
Commemorate Award Winning Black History Art
Visit Black History Museums and Historical Sites
Watch anime or cartoons with Black characters
Learn about Black Entrepreneur’s and their Impactful inventions
Shop and Support Black Owned Luxury Brands
Learn more about black activist groups
Research top Black employers and share with family and friends
Create a Freedom Quilt with a Twist
Post something on Instagram or Tiktok Everyday about Black History
Listen to Podcasts related to Black Culture
Go to Poetry Night that Feature Black Artists
Watch standup by Black Comedians
Go to a Black Owned Michelin Restaurant
Go to any Black Owned Restaurant
Visit and support a Black Owned Gym
Open a bank account at a Black Owned bank
Do Grocery at a Black Owned supermarket
Visit a Historical Black Church
Try a New Black Hairstyle