Celebrating Black History


Dalia Glatt, Author

Black History Month is an annual celebration is observed by the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is also known as African-American History Month. The purpose of this month is to pay tribute and recognize the valuable things black people have contributed to society. People celebrate this month by donating to charities, attending events (in-person and virtual), supporting black-owned businesses, watching documentaries, and reading books by black authors.

The 1619 project is just one resource that you can learn from. The title 1619 has significance because it was August of that year when the first ship of more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived near Port Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. The purpose of the project is to bring the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans to the center 0f our nation’s narrative. Another resource to check out is the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Searchable Museum, an online museum that explores history and culture through an African American lens.

Even though Black History Month has come to an end that doesn’t mean the learning should stop. You should continue to learn about contributions to society made by black people through books by black authors and searching the internet. You should continue to support black-owned businesses. One of the most important things to remember is to listen to black voices when they share and teach us about their experiences, culture, and contributions to society.