All About Black History Month

By Julia Bauer
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February is Black History Month – a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognize the history of the U.S. 

Every February since 1976, the President of the United States has designated the month to Black history with a corresponding theme each year.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme is African Americans and the Arts. The theme highlights that in “the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount,” according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  

The ASALH also states that, “For centuries Western intellectuals denied or minimized the contributions of people of African descent to the arts as well as history, even as their artistry in many genres was mimicked and/or stolen.” This theme brings awareness to this issue and gives proper recognition to these African American artists. You can read more about African American art throughout history here.

How You Can Honor Black History Month

This month is a time for everyone to celebrate the achievements Black individuals and communities have made throughout history.

If you’re wondering what you can do to honor this month, here are a few ways:

  1. Learn about Black individuals and their achievements
  2. Donate to anti-racism charities 
  3. Support Black-owned businesses
  4. Go to celebrations in your area or online

Take time this month to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Black community. And this year, take some extra time to learn about Black leaders who have advanced the world of art.

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