February is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to find activities to celebrate Black History Month. Unfortunately, this year is going to continue to look a little different for people hoping to get out and learn. With Omicron taking the main stage, a lot of museums and even schools will once again bring all of their educational material online. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great month of learning. These ten ideas will help to boost your knowledge so you can get the most out of Black History Month.
1. Dive Into an E-Book
One of the best things about living in a digital world is you can find books in so many different places. Most of the time, you don’t even need a tangible book, which can cut back on germ exposure immensely. There are numerous books on offer that can make your Black History Month amazing. To begin with, you can enjoy biographies and autobiographies about your heroes or people that you are curious to learn more about. There are also works of fiction by a wide range of talented black authors. Children’s books are in abundance too and many will even offer sounds and images to help engage children so they can learn even more.
2. Engage in a Documentary
If you’re not big on reading or you simply love film as well, then there are so many documentaries that will teach you a lot of information. With so many streaming services to choose from, you should be able to find just what you need online. In many cases, you can even find the documentaries you’re looking for at no cost, which can make it easier to find the information you desire. On top of that, you will find a wide assortment of films based on real-life events, which you can engage in to get an understanding of the time period you are interested in.
3. Virtual Tours
Another great way to embrace the month is to go on a few virtual tours. You might be surprised by how many are available to you and how many will offer Black History Month specific tours. You can start your journey by visiting any museum that interests you. The Smithsonian is going to be one of your easiest options as they have a museum entirely dedicated to black history and culture. There are many other options to consider too. For instance, you can take a trip through Harlem to learn about one of the most exciting and influential black communities. Another option is to explore the freedom march by taking a tour from Selma to Montgomery. Of course, this is all barely scratching the surface, so if you have something that specifically interests you then search around as you might find a tour to help you along the way.
4. Join a Book Club
Many book clubs will be highlighting Black History Month, so if you want a social activity or you simply want book recommendations then this is a great option for you. The book club will allow you to easily find books by black authors to help you broaden your horizons. One of the best aspects of a book club is the discussion element which is what can truly help you see through other people’s eyes. Apart from that, you will find that book clubs are everywhere. You can find local events, or you can choose something that is entirely virtual. You can work with just discussion boards or choose something with video chats.
5. Engage on Social Media
Although social media can be iffy with some topics, you might find that there is a lot to be enjoyed during Black History Month. You might consider joining a few groups or finding a couple of pages that offer accurate information. You can even enjoy conversations to help you truly understand the topics at hand. Social media is also a great way to help you further understand modern topics that will one day be a part of black history studies. So, don’t be afraid to browse around on social media, even if you don’t fully feel like chatting with others. Even lurking in comments can give you plenty of material to look up and discover for yourself.
6. Participate in Events
This year, there are already a lot of online events happening, so you are certain to find something that suits your interests and your schedule. One of the best places to begin your search is on the website of local libraries and schools. Usually, these institutions will be able to point you in the right direction. Other than that, you will be able to find a list of events on the websites of museums, foundations, and websites that support Black History Month. Last year, Sam’s Club even offered a storytime event to celebrate, so be on the lookout everywhere. Social media might be one of the best places to grab information. You will even find that the Girl Scouts organization is offering courses to get a badge to show that your scout took the course in Black History.
7. Embrace Music
Music is one of the best ways to make Black History Month extraordinary. There are so many black musicians that have created wonderful music to explore. You might start by following the routes of the music so you can truly see how black musicians have inspired almost everything that we listen to today. There are a ton of exceptional playlists out there dedicated to various types of music that will inspire you while helping you to learn history through song. You can find premade playlists on most streaming pages, but you can also come up with your own to share with others too.
8. Shop with Black Owned Stores
Offering support to the black community is one of the best ways you can celebrate Black History Month. If you need to purchase items, then you might consider getting them from a black-owned business. This will allow you to support your local community while finding alternative places to shop for the items you desire. Of course, if you can’t find what you’re looking for then you might consider purchasing from online options. You can easily find lists of high-quality black-owned stores if you look at website’s that celebrate Black History Month. You can also find black-owned stores via major vendors like Amazon and Target. Even if you don’t want to shop through the major websites, you can discover products and then purchase the items from the brand’s actual website.
When it comes to children, making crafts is one of the best ways to teach about Black History Month. There are so many incredible crafts to choose from that you should be able to find many different lessons to spread out throughout the month. Craft time is also a great time to open up dialogue. This will allow you to share stories and lessons that will stick with your child since they will be using their senses while you talk. If you’re struggling with craft ideas, there are so many options online that you can choose from.
10. Reach out to Activists
One of the best ways to truly learn about Black History month is to talk about some of the people that helped to make it happen. Although many of the people that took part in many of the major life-changing events have passed on, there are still many that are alive and well. One of the best ways to get to know them and their story is to ask questions. Often, you can find an email to send them messages, or you can contact a foundation with your questions. Finding emails online for prominent people is very easy to do, so it shouldn’t require a lot of effort. However, there may be quite a bit of waiting. You might also consider sending emails to some of the activists fighting for rights today, as this will give you more knowledge of their story too.
You don’t have to leave the house to truly get the full effect of Black History Month. These ten ideas can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your home, which will definitely allow you to broaden your horizons. These tips will hopefully allow you to learn a lot of interesting things to further your knowledge.