February is a very special month. It’s the month of Super bowl parties, award shows, expressions of love between couples, and black history month. Let’s focus on African American contributions to society, a rich culture of talented men and women, and most importantly it’s a time to reflect, refocus, and rejuvenate our causes and continue the work of those who’ve come before us. There are only twenty-eight days in the month of February. So, before the month passes you by let’s hit the recharge button and get you inspired to learn more about your culture, heritage, and leaders of tomorrow.
- Get involved within your community. Black history is our month to celebrate our culture, honor our ancestors, and trail blaze into our future. Our community is filled with opportunities for growth and ways to give back to our communities. Don’t let the media, stereotypes, or myths deter you from fulfilling a need in our communities. Get involved with the activities that matter to your heart. Start a fundraiser, support a local nonprofit, or join local organizational groups that contribute to the well-being of youth. Every small step leads to a big impact.
- Visit your local HBCU, museum, or historical center. If there was ever a time to visit the Martin Luther King Center, an HBCU, or an African American museum, the time would be now. Our culture is rich with ancestral images, vibrating messages from influential icons and our schools and communities are filled with future leaders. Plan a trip and immerse yourself in your history. Whether you’re a young professional, single parent, or respected pillar in your community. Pay your respect to your heritage and fill your soul with a little piece of history.
- Give back with your time in your community. How we spend our time is how we prioritize what matters most to us. Time is our most valued asset, let’s use it to its maximum potential. We make time for work, play, and relaxing. Let’s make time for our community by pouring into the needs of a community that is often divided by differences and misunderstandings. Give back with your time in various ways. Visit your local library and teach a course. Visit a local shelter or the local assisted living facility and witness history from those who lived before your time. Take the time to learn about the ways you can commit to the change you want to see in your community. By giving your time you are contributing to a greater tomorrow not only for yourself, but to your friends, family, and the future of tomorrow.
- Make learning about black history a family activity. Do you remember those black history programs in school? How about those countless MLK projects? If those memories make you warm and fuzzy on the inside, imagine the endless possibilities your son or daughter will feel. Whether you put together a family play of civil rights icons, watch a documentary on the voting rights act of 1965, or build a fun family game around learning to involve your family. Together we keep our history alive by sharing our history with our children.
- Write a letter, poem, or article to a historical figure. If you had one hour to speak to Dr. King, what would you say? What would a day with Malcolm X be like? Write about it and share it online or in a private. We live in an era where people are always seeking information and inspiration. Share a poem, letter, or article on how a prolific figure in the African American community has inspired your life.
- Take a call to action. In recent years, we’ve witnessed countless tragedies that will hunt our communities for a lifetime. From the gun violence in Chicago to the police brutality caught on tape. We have a responsibility not only to ourselves but to our children and former leaders to continue the fight for justice. Remember one voice can change a million lives.