On the Occasion of Black History Month

This February is a leap year, so you’ll have an extra day to #celebrate Black History Month — not that there’s anything to keep you from #celebrating throughout the year. “Throughout our history, Black Americans have never given up on the promise of America,” says a proclamation from the Biden Administration. “Unbowed by the forces of hate and undaunted as they fought for centuries against slavery, segregation and injustice, Black Americans have held a mirror up to our nation, pushing us to live up to our founding ideals. In the process, the vibrancy of Black history and culture has enriched every aspect of American life.” #BlackHistoryMonth

Observing Black History Month 2024

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month 2024, themed “African Americans and the Arts.” USA Today’s Reviewed suggests celebrating by reading Black authors such as Colson Whitehead, learning more about Black history, listening to music by Black recording artists, or visiting a museum or historical site. Search the web for local events and celebrations, or make a point of visiting Black-owned businesses when you shop and dine out — visit Support Black-Owned to find businesses in your area, and make Black History Month an everyday thing. #BlackHistoryMonth

Thank a Veteran During Black History Month

Military careers became more attractive to African Americans following the desegregation of the armed forces during the Korean War, says The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech, since they offered employment, education and training. As a result and in spite of the Vietnam War’s unpopularity, African American service members played key roles as soldiers, medics, pilots, sailors, marines and nurses. Celebrate Black History Month in February by #thanking a #veteran or making a #donation of time, money or used goods to organizations such as #VVA and ClothingDonations.org. #BlackHistoryMonth.

Smithsonian to Celebrate Black History Month

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History is dedicating five weeks of learning to celebrate the contributions of Black artists in literature, the performing arts, the visual arts, music and the digital arts for Black History Month. “We look forward to taking time in February to explore art as a platform for understanding history, struggle, social justice, and triumph,” says Kevin Young, NMAAHC’s Andrew W. Mellon director. “We will put the spotlight on paintings, sculpture, photographs and fiber works that were made to mobilize people to create a better world by harnessing the power of protest, defiance and resilience.” #BlackHistoryMonth