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Celebrate Black History

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The theme of this year’s Black History Month is African Americans and the Arts.

"African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world," reads the ASALH description of its choice for its 2024 focal point.

How to learn and celebrate Black history

There are various ways to celebrate the month and educate yourself on Black history. 
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Support Black-owned businesses and artists
Many top shopping sites like Amazon, Yelp and Door Dash allow you to filter for Black-owned businesses and restaurants. Try it out next time you place an online order.

Find online celebrations
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is providing free online programming this month. You can view the full calendar here.

Attend local events
Check your city and state government websites for Black History Month events like art and music workshops, film screenings and more.

Watch a movie
Watch one of these 28 films to learn more about the Black experience. Most are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime or other popular streaming services.
More options include researching Black history in your community and reading Black literature.