Since 1970, February is known nationally as Black History Month. It is a time for recognizing the important roles blacks have played in United States history by celebrating their achievements and influence on society. African culture is expressed uniquely and characteristically through the arts, music, religion, cuisine and language. There are several ways to celebrate black history this February!
- Support a black business.
- Attend the Black History Show performed by students at Davidson Fine Arts supporting the dance arts.
- Visit a local black history museum.
- Make a donation to an African American business, organization or church.
- Read a biography on an influential black American such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., or the father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
- Cook a soul food meal/recipe and have a dinner party to celebrate.
- Learn about black creative artists, poets or musicians. Sam Gilliam, Kara Walker, Jonathan Green or Valton Murray from Thomson, GA are a few incredible ones to check out.
- Engage in conversations about black history in your community.
- Buy black art.
- Read about the history of Gullah music and buy a song (or several songs) by Ranky Tanky, an amazing group of musicians in Charleston, SC.
- Explore the language and culture of the Geechee community on the Sea Islands of Georgia.
Opening photo by Glodi Miessi on Unsplash.com
Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.