Happy Black History Month, Sis

I have not always loved black history month. I thought it felt …false. Black people are woven into every American story. From revolutionaries like Crispus Attucks in the 1700s to Barack Obama today – you cannot have the country we have without them. So the idea that we have just a month to celebrate these great and brave Americans feels marginalizing. While I still feel like it would be better to have black history intertwined into American story all year, now that I am older I have come to accept and enjoy it.

Black History Month (BHM) is a time where I delve into a history I am both familiar with and surprised by. There is so much to explore, I spent one BHM just reading about black women and another researching well-known figures to gain a truer knowledge of them. The history books have missed so many of the stories of all kinds of Americans – it’s an honor now to take the month to surprise and delight myself in a history about myself and people I love. If you are looking to do the same, here are some great places to start:

Books on People and Race:

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson  

Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

For Movies, PBS does it the best!

Click Here, to find 10 Must Watch Black History Documentaries.



Written by Lisa Necole

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