Every year, February is devoted to celebrating Black History Month. It was started in an effort to make Black History more integrated with U.S. History, where black people have been heavily misrepresented in conversations and textbooks alike. The spirit of Black History month was collaborative. Much of the groundwork was laid with Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in 1915 when they established the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which studied black history as a discipline and celebrated the accomplishments of African Americans. Read more about the history of Black History month.
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” -Woodson
Although black history and culture should be celebrated all year long, we set a dedicated time to intentionally recognize the history and resilience of the black community during the month of February. While North Central University has specific events, speakers, and social media campaigns during February for Black History Month, there are many other ways in which you can be mindful during this month and celebrate!
How to celebrate Black History Month
celebrate with North Central University Events
Throughout the month of February, North Central University will be hosting events that honor and celebrate Black History Month as well as hosting a Black History Month chapel featuring panel speakers. The North Central University Black Student Union is taking over the NCU instagram for every Tuesday in the month of February and will be talking about their lives here at North Central and the work they do with BSU. Check out their instagram page or follow North Central University for more updates on what they are up to!
“Black Student Union embraces and celebrates black culture. It shows how strong, ambitious and beautiful African Americans are. It means a lot to us, especially being here at North Central University where there aren’t a lot of black students. We want to embrace our race, and our unique identities each of us have.” – NCU BSU
Do Some research
The best way to honor and celebrate anything is to be informed. Knowing more about Black History Month, influential figures, and the intentions of the month can only grow your appreciation. Being informed on current and past events is everyone’s own responsibility. Taking the time to get informed can help grow your world perspective and have more of an appreciation for the history of the black community.
Black History Month is a great reminder to research stories and history that have gone untold or have been overlooked which can translate into a deeper respect for the black leaders around us present day.
Support black-owned businesses
A great way to practice mindfulness and appreciation during Black History month is to research and support Black-owned businesses. Whether it’s where you shop for your clothes or where you eat dinner, it goes far beyond just the products you are purchasing. Spending your money and supporting black entrepreneurs is an economic act of support.
Support Black Artists
Art and creativity is an important aspect in recording and celebrating any culture. Whether it’s attending poetry nights, buying art or listening to music, supporting black artists is a direct investment into the community and can also be a great perspective-gaining experience. Having a downtown location, North Central is in close proximity to coffee shops, art galleries, and culture.
Black History Month is a great time to be intentional about the ways we honor black culture and history, but these celebrations should extend beyond just the month of February. Choosing to support black-owned businesses, artists, or getting informed deserves to be an all year long objective. As a University, we recognize and honor black culture as well as past and present influential black figures.