Honor Black History Month All Year Long (2024)

There's no time limit to supporting the Black community.

Honor Black History Month All Year Long (1)

I'm sure you've seen tons of articles over the past few weeks with suggestions on how to make the most of your Black History Month.

Maybe you learned something about supporting Black-owned businesses, uncovering overlooked Black historical figures, or even getting involved with (or amplifying existing) social media challenges. I hope you took some of those suggestions and made this month count. In fact, some of you may have enjoyed participating in Black History Month events so much that you're sad it'll end.

But here's a novel idea: What if I told you that you could celebrate Black excellence and accomplishments beyond February?

As a white woman, I find it disheartening that we do not recognize this history during the other months of the year.

If you're wondering how you can take this momentum with you throughout the rest of the year, I got you. Here are just a few ways to transform Black History Month into a year-long celebration.

1. Keep learning

The best way to extend the spirit of Black History Month is by continuing to read and do research. And it is easier than ever to do so!

2. Keep growing

One of the best ways to honor the spirit of Black History Month is to strengthen your allyship. Use the rest of the year to seek out resources that you to be the best ally you can be.

Chances are, you’ll disappoint yourself every now and then, but by regularly dedicating time to learning how you can support marginalized communities, you'll see more progress than backtracks.

The White Ally Toolkit, Teaching Tolerance, and the Safety Pin Box are all great resources for stepping up your ally game. And many of the things you'll learn while studying how to be a great ally to the Black community will also apply to other marginalized groups.

3. Pay it forward

People of color — particularly Black Americans — often lack the access to professional resources that white Americans typically have. You can use your own network and privilege to continue to benefit the under marginalized. If you find yourself in a position of hiring, take a moment to evaluate the demographics of who you've been bringing on board.

Representation is crucial. If you notice Black Americans or any other marginalized groups are underrepresented on your team or at your company, consider being a mentor and helping those individuals find access to your organization. Black individuals don't lack skills; we lack networks.

Twitter pages like Writers of Color and Black Writers can be extremely useful to help you find Black creatives and signal-boost opportunities.

4. Diversify your support

Remember that many people have multiple marginalized identities. For example, when thinking of ways to support the Black community, don't just think of Black men. Black women face the stressors of both racism and sexism. And Black people who identify as LGBTQ often experience marginalization at the intersection of racism, hom*ophobia, anti-trans sentiment, and other factors.

As an ally, you should support organizations and initiatives that work with people with multiple marginalized identities. Follow their pages on social media, such as Center Black LGBT, the UndocuBlack Network, and Echoing Ida.

Black Americans are often put into the same category by historical experience, but it's important that you look at each person as an individual and not just members of a collective group.

Sometimes the best way to help marginalized communities is to ensure they have the right to exist without always being seen as different.

One of the most important things to realize about extending Black History Month through the rest of the year is that there's no time limit to supporting the Black community (or any other marginalized group, for that matter).

By spending your time doing research, using your privilege to help those in need, and making intentional decisions to fight injustice, you're playing a vital role in reducing systemic inequality.

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Honor Black History Month All Year Long (2024)

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Honor Black History Month All Year Long? ›

Summary. Black History Month is a monthlong focus on the Black heroes and pioneers who have shaped our world. More than that, it spotlights the importance of being an ally to marginalized communities — not for 28 days but for all 365 days in a year.

Is Black History Month all year round? ›

Black history is American history. A history that deserves to be taught year-round, not just in the month of February. Because history books still do not tell the full history of slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation and lynching, it is up to us as allies to educate ourselves.

Why is it important to celebrate Black history all year long? ›

Black history is central to our nation's story. On the one hand, we must understand the foundational role of racism and white supremacy in our nation's origin, and, on the other, we must celebrate the continuous threads of Black resilience, contribution and triumph at every phase.

How long is Black History Month celebrated? ›

It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora, initially lasting a week before becoming a month-long observation since 1970.

Is Black History Month a whole month? ›

This was timed in February to coincide with President Abraham Lincoln's and Fredrick Douglass's birthdays - both men were symbols of freedom. It wasn't until 1976 that President Gerald Ford extended the observation to a full month - one honoring the contributions of black Americans to this day.

Is Black History Month 365 days? ›

As we all know Black History is more than a month of engagement, it is 365 days a year. Each year for Black History Month there is a theme. This year's theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity where we explore the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Why should Black History Month be celebrated all year round? ›

Summary. Black History Month is a monthlong focus on the Black heroes and pioneers who have shaped our world. More than that, it spotlights the importance of being an ally to marginalized communities — not for 28 days but for all 365 days in a year.

Why should we honor Black History Month? ›

Black History Month is a time to spread awareness and learn more, while continuing to support the Black community's histories, traditions, and culture. February is also a time to imagine and work toward a future free of racism and discrimination.

Why should we continue to celebrate Black History Month? ›

It unites us.

Celebrating diversity and recognizing its beauty brings us together. It helps us to learn about people from different cultures and backgrounds, and to understand how we are all connected. And finding this connection unites us.

What is the 2024 theme for Black History Month? ›

The 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” explores the creativity, resilience and innovation from a culture that has uplifted spirits and soothed souls in countless ways across centuries.

Who invented Black History Month? ›

Carter G. Woodson was a scholar whose dedication to celebrating the historic contributions of Black people led to the establishment of Black History Month, marked every February since 1976.

What are the inspirational words for Black History Month? ›

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." "All I know is I've tried my best." "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." "You really can change the world if you care enough."

How many times a year is Black History Month? ›

The week-long event officially became Black History Month in 1976 when U.S. president Gerald Ford extended the recognition to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States every February ...

Why is Black History Month only one month? ›

Historians say there's a simple answer: Black History Month ― which began in 1926 as Negro History Week ― is in February because it coincides with the birthdays of two important figures in the abolitionist movement: President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Why is Black History Month only a month? ›

It grew out of Negro History Week, which was chosen because it was the week Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born. Eventually, it was simply expanded into the entire month.

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