Since the 1970s, the month of February has been designated as the time to celebrate and commemorate Black history. Schools, television networks, and private organizations use this month to increase awareness and educate people about Black Americans' rich history.

There are so many ways to celebrate! We challenge you to do one thing for Black History Month.

  1. Support a Black-owned business. Many small businesses are hurting now. Show your support for a business in your community owned or operated by a Black person, partnership, or family.
  2. Visit a Black- or civil rights history museum. If museums are not open for in-person visits in your area, you can take a virtual tour at almost any museum, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the DuSable Museum of African American History, or the  National Civil Rights Museum.
  3. Binge-watch your favorite movies and documentaries on Black history and the civil rights movement. 
  4. Volunteer for a Black charity. You can find a full list here.
  5. Make a reading list of great books by Black authors.

Use this list of ideas and activities to enrich your knowledge of Black culture and history this February.