January has come and gone. We made it to February, which means it’s officially Black History Month! We wanted to touch on the importance, history, and how you can celebrate here in Hampton Roads. Don’t forget to check the list of local events below!
Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs, and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history.
This year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays homage to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is especially timely as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities and placed unique burdens on Black health care professionals.
How To Honor & Celebrate
There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month this month and all year long. Here are three ways:
- Read a book. It may seem simple, but education was the impetus of the month-long celebration. Books like Penrice’s Black American History For Dummies and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States are two great resources to expand your understanding of U.S. History. While you’re at it, support a Black-owned bookstore!
- Dig around in your local library and share what you learn. Ask your librarian if they have any resources about Black history in your city, state, or region. If so, grab these resources and discuss with your family.
- Give to associations that advance Black history and civil rights. Two leading organizations are the ASALH and the NAACP.
Black History Month in Hampton Roads
“Black History Month, a month recognized federally to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to the nation, is right around the corner and there are already events to celebrate throughout Hampton Roads.”
To see the full list, click here & add these events to your calendar!
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– Desmond Tutu