February is Black History Month – a month dedicated to celebrating the achievements of black Americans, and recognizing the central role they have played in U.S. history. The month honors leaders and heroes in every field from civil rights activists like Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. and politicians like Barbara Jordan, to scientists like George Washington Carver and beloved writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.
More recently, the month has taken on additional meaning by becoming a time to celebrate today’s young black leaders who continue to make history every day. Take, for example, The Root’s Young Futurists contest, which each year highlights the achievements of 25 young black innovators from around the country – from a 17-year old pilot to a teen media mogul and an clean air activist.
Celebrate Black History Month by partaking in some of the following activities:
- Museum hopping: Take yourself, friends, and/or your family to a science, art, history, sports, or fill-in-the-blank museum to learn about all the tremendous contributions of African-Americans.
- Educate yourself through a Bio-Doc: In honor of Black History Month, Biography TV is dedicating their line-up to honor some of the great African Americans of our time. Don’t have a tv? No worries! Watch full episodes on their site, like this one of Barack Obama.
- Attend a storytelling: Storytelling, the oral tradition of passing down tales from generation to generation, has kept cultural heritage alive for centuries. In honor of this tradition, many African-American storytellers are performing during the month of February. Check out your local library or community center to find an event near you.