29 Ways You Can Participate in Black History Month

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No matter your heritage, culture or racial background, black history is EVERYONE’s story. For February 2020 (Leap Year), here are 29 ways you, your family and your congregation can celebrate and participate in Black History Month.

  1. Patronize a local or online black-owned business
  2. Attend church, Bible study or worship at a historically black church
  3. Sing hymns or song during worship by a black composer, and include the history of the song or hymn in the church bulletin
  4. Attend or co-host a black history or black culture event in your community
  5. Visit a black history or Civil Rights museum
  6. Learn more about “Black Harry” Hosier (c. 1750-1806), an African-American Methodist preacher and evangelist
  7. Research other black United Methodist leaders from our church’s heritage
  8. Fearlessly learn more about how racism has and still affects black people around the world and how you can help confront racism. See the GCORR resources by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Dr. Philip Klinkner, Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker and Rev. Jennifer Bailey.
  9. Donate to a black organization in your community
  10. Watch a film by and about black people (i.e., “Selma,” “Harriet,” “Black Panther,” “Dear White People”)
  11. Watch and discuss the documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize,” in your church school class
  12. Visit a landmark about the lives of local black heroes in your area
  13. Read a classic book by a black author
  14. Read a story featuring a black hero to your children, grandchildren or to a local school class. Find suggestions here
  15. Seek out and talk with a black elder (75 or older) about their experience in your community
  16. Study one of the 51 nations on the continent of Africa, including the language, culture, current events
  17. Donate to one of the 12 United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities in the United States and Zimbabwe
  18. Learn about an unsung hero of black history (start with this list of black inventors)
  19. Attend shows featuring a local black artist, poet, local musician, or dancer
  20. Explore black music
  21. Call out racism and prejudice aimed at black people and other people of color in your church and community
  22. Learn about “colorism” and how it plays out in our society
  23. Learn more about the black UMC caucus, Black Methodists for Church Renewal
  24. Subscribe to and learn from black media and the black press
  25. Engage in positive, supportive conversations about black history and culture on social media
  26. Learn the lyrics to, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”
  27. Read Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech
  28. Read a biography of an influential black figure, such as Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Shirley Chisolm, Kobe Bryant, Michelle Obama, Ben Carson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Rev. Joseph Lowery
  29. Register and vote

Inspired by the NAACP February 2019 list on ways to support black history month

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