February is Black History Month, and if you want to do more to learn, listen and take action, we’ve put together 10 great ways for you to get involved.
+ Check out Life’s photos of the first interracial couple to legally marry in the U.S.
Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all laws forbidding marriage between non-whites and whites.
Photo: (Life Magazine)
+ Listen to African American music from the past.
B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Etta James and one of Jack White’s biggest influencers: Muddy Waters. Bonus points if you do it with a glass of wine and someone to cuddle up with.
+ Watch Muddy Waters play “Manish Boy.”
+ Watch some of Spike Lee’s best movies.
He’s one of the most successful African-American directors in the world. And since it’s Black History Month, you may as well start with “Malcolm X,” a film about one of the biggest players in the Civil Rights Movement, starring a baby-faced Denzel Washington.
+ Watch The Trailer For “Malcolm X.”
+ Take National Geographic’s virtual tour of the Underground Railroad.
Photo: Harriet Tubman (Getty)
+ Read some of Maya Angelou’s poetry.
Here’s an excerpt from “Phenomenal Woman”:
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
+ Make it your goal to learn about the historic accomplishments of 10 African-Americans.
Test yourself now. How many accomplishments can you name? If it’s less than 10, get to it!
+Head to a museum to start learning!
Many museums have special exhibits for Black History Month — some are even free. Do a quick Google search to find one in your area, grab a buddy and go on an adventure!
+ Check out the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
It’s is the leading organization in the US working to end race-related discrimination, and you can support it by becoming a member, spreading the word on social media, signing up for action alerts or donating.
+ Celebrate Black History Month with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
They are an organization that fights for the rights and freedoms of all people — black, white, straight, gay and everything in between.
+ Pick your favorite fact, link or video on this list, and Tweet it!
Celebrate Black History Month by teaching your friends and family about the significance of black history, and continuing to learn about it all year round.
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