February 1st to February 28th is Black History Month. This month is for honoring the adversities and triumphs that African Americans made in the past that helped shape today’s current times. It’s important to celebrate the African American culture, achievements and sacrifices that have been made throughout history and today, we’re here to show you ways on how you can celebrate Black History Month yourself.
1.Read black literature
Purchase a book that was written by a black author to show your support this month. You’re not only giving back by helping make a sale to an excellent writer, but you also are educating yourself in the process. Some great reads include:
- “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
- “Remembered” by Yvonne Battle-Felton
- “Indigo” by Beverly Jenkins
- “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
- “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes
2.Support black-owned businesses
Whether it’s a local business or your favorite Etsy shop owner, supporting a black entrepreneur is a great way to show appreciation this month. Some LA local businesses include:
- Poppy & Rose - 765 S. Wall St. DTLA
- Hilltop Coffee and Kitchen - 4427 W. Slauson Ave. LA
- Design Hive - 368 W. Pico Blvd. LA
- Happy Ice - 7324 Melrose Ave. LA
- Stevie’s Creole Cafe - 5545 Pico Ave. Mid-City
Giving back to charities that help support black communities, people and businesses is something that will not go unnoticed. You can help make a difference today! Some black organizations include:
Check out what local organizations are in your area as well. It’s always great to give back to your community.
Take some time to do research on the important black historical figures throughout history. Learning about the tribulations these people went through and what they stood for is not only eye-opening but also inspiring. Some influential people to read up on include:
- Maya Angelou - Poet & Activist
- Frederick Douglass - Abolitionist & Author
- W.E.B Du Bois - Sociologist, Writer & Activist
- Malcolm X - Civil Rights Activist
- Thurgood Marshall - Supreme Court Justice
How will you be celebrating Black History Month this year? Let us know!