Black History Month is a time to be immersed in everything black. The culture, the love, and obviously…the history. It should be a time where people learn and truly take in all that, not only black people have gone through, but what has been contributed by black people throughout the years. It’s about the inventors, the speakers, musicians, and even the silent ground shakers that we may never get to know.
The only problem with Black History Month is that…it’s only one month. One month is not only too small of a timeframe to take in everything, but it’s also as if you’re saying that after the month is over, it no longer matters. Unfortunately, that’s how it’s often treated. Everything seems to be forgotten and history is put away like the projects boards and essays we were made to do in school.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s important to keep history alive, including black history, and you make sure it doesn’t die through these four ways below!
Continue to read and educate yourself about black history.
As mentioned in the beginning, black history education often starts at the beginning of February and ends at the end of it. But, you don’t have to have it start and end there. In fact, if you truly want to learn, you have to keep the education going. You can’t learn all you need to know about history in general in just one month…what makes you think that you can do so when it comes to black history? There is so much to learn, including about events and people that we didn’t see in history books and may never see. Continuing to read up on these things keeps black history alive and could even surprise you alone way about how much you never knew.
Visit black history museums.
One of the more fun ways, in my opinion, to learn more about black history is to visit a black history museum. Not only are you somewhere physically learning, but it can make you feel as if you’re physically there back in time as you look at all the artifacts and learn the significances behind them. Black history museums can pull you in and interest you in different ways that maybe reading didn’t. By the time you’re done, you’ll be excited to look up more information on what you just learned!
Watch documentaries about black history.
I completely understand if being forced to watch videos in school may have ruined it for you, but it shouldn’t! There are so many different documentaries, biopics, and everything of the sort that you can choose from to help educate you. This difference here is that you’re choosing the videos you want to watch that interest you. You don’t have to rewatch videos that you had to watch in school. In fact, it’s better not to watch those same videos because…how will you learn something new? The most amazing thing about today’s time as well is that you can learn so much now without having to watch 1-2 hour videos. There are short informational videos accessible right on Youtube! Also, if you’re someone who prefers a little more creativity and even shorter videos, TikTok has become a great place to learn in a creative way with just enough information cut down to 3 or less minutes.
Share what you’ve learned with others in a creative way.
Now that you’ve kept it alive for yourself by learning, make sure to keep it alive by sharing what you’ve learned with others! These days knowledge is all about creativity in order to keep people’s attention. As interesting as a history fact may be, sometimes the most interesting of facts can get lost and forgotten by the way it’s being shared. Find a creative way that fits you to share the information you know so that it spreads throughout the internet and teaches someone else something they never knew. Hopefully others will continue to do the same, leaving black history an open subject beyond the walls of February.
As stated in the beginning, it’s important to keep black history alive and going beyond what’s crammed in the month of February (which is also the shortest month). These four ways are perfect to ensure that the history is never drowned out or forgotten, and there are many other ways to do so as well. Never let history die of the ones that brought us and created all that we have today.