Exploring Black History: A Beginners Guide
Every February, people worldwide celebrate Black History Month; it's a time to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of black individuals throughout history. If you want to expand your knowledge of black history but don't know where to start, this guide can help.
Read books by black authors: One of the best ways to learn about black history is to read books written by black authors. This can include historical fiction, memoirs, biographies, and more. Notable black authors to check out include Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Hurston. You can get started in this area by accessing my recommended reading list here:
Watch documentaries: Documentaries are a great way to learn about black history, as they can provide a visual representation of events, people, and places. Some popular documentaries on black history include "Eyes on the Prize," "When They See Us," and "13th." An excellent documentary I recommend to anyone interested in Black History is a "Great and Mighty Walk" by the legendary historian John Henry Clarke. You can watch it here:https://youtu.be/njdQzyQnHeg (Opens in a new window)
Visit museums and historic sites: Visiting museums and historic sites dedicated to black history can provide a hands-on educational experience. Some of the most well-known museums include the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Listen to podcasts: Podcasts are a convenient way to learn about black history, as you can listen to them while on the go. Some popular podcasts on black history include "1619," "Black History Buff," and "Code Switch." I'd be foolish not to plug myself so you can listen to my podcast at the link below:https://open.spotify.com/episode/3rgqudiI3J4bMkhkypLb9o?si=We3FGfqUSSCvR3kE9tZv1w (Opens in a new window)
Attend events and workshops: Attending events and workshops focused on black history can provide an opportunity to learn from experts and engage with others passionate about the subject. Many cities host events and workshops during Black History Month, so check your local community calendar.
Follow social media accounts: Following social media accounts dedicated to black history can provide daily inspiration and education. Some popular accounts to follow include @blackhistorydaily, @blackhistorymonth, and @africanamericanhistory. An account that pulls no punches is Levert, the bass man. You can check out his account on TikTok below:https://www.tiktok.com/@levertthebassman/video/7194476955649969450?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7167250370703312390 (Opens in a new window)
Engage with black communities: Finally, one of the best ways to learn about black history is to engage with black communities. This can include attending community events, volunteering, and participating in discussions with black individuals.
Learning about black history is an ongoing process; these are just a few ways to get started.
Remember that black history is not just limited to one month a year, and it's essential to continue educating yourself and others throughout the year.
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I hope you enjoyed this article and look forward to speaking with you soon.
King Kurus the Black History Buff