Celebrating Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration held for the entire month of February and it recognizes Black people for their extraordinary achievements and their significant roles in the history of the United States. During Black History Month, we reflect on what it means to be an African American, remember the good works of our Black activists and trailblazers, who fought for social justice. This month, we encourage you to think of ways to honor the significant works of Black people by supporting black-owned businesses, reading African American literature, becoming a mentor, volunteering your services, or visiting local museums in honor of Black History Month.
REFLECT AND TAKE ACTION
Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
- What does Black History Month mean to you?
- How will you celebrate Black History Month?
- What actions will you take to support equity for Black community members?
Local Ways to Get Involved:
- Register for the 20th Anniversary! Black History Month Virtual Celebration from February 17-21, 2021 sponsored by The Memorial Art Gallery.
- Join Monroe Community College's virtual event, A Conversation with Dr. Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression, Inequity & Racism on February 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to learn more
- Hear from Ibram X. Kendi, a best-selling author, professor, antiracist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy in America, during the University of Rochester's 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.
- Help collect children's literature that reflects and represents the lives of all young people in our community. All books collected will be donated to local Daycare Centers and Health Centers in need of children's books that represent the families they serve. The book drive, in partnership with Hipocampo Books and Círculo Latino, launched on January 29, Multicultural Children's Book Day and ends on March 2, Read Across America Day!