February is Black History Month and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the history, struggles, and triumphs of African Americans in this country. Most of us are aware of the occasion, but may not actually do anything to commemorate it. Here are some great ideas to help you actively participate in the celebration:
Learn more about notable African Americans and their contributions to our country
We often focus on well-known leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Frederick Douglas during this time, but there are so many other incredible Black Americans who made significant contributions or were the “firsts” of their generation. Check them out at Blackpast.
Get out and about
The DMV is rich in Black history. Enjoy a concert, take a tour, or try a new cuisine. Visit Washington.org or EventBrite for some 2022 activities in our area.
Support Black-owned businesses
There are currently over 2.5 million Black-owned businesses in the United States. Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 will fail within the first 18 months due to lack of resources and funds. Supporting these businesses creates jobs, helps close the racial wealth gap, and empowers local communities. You can find a list of Black-owned business here.
Make a donation to a charity that supports racial equality and civil rights
Consider supporting a charity that will make a difference in our communities, provide educational opportunities, and improve economic conditions. Pick a charity here or here.
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