February is known as Black History Month in the United States and Canada. It is a time for black people to celebrate our rich heritage and highlight many of the outstanding achievements we have made as a people. We are Black History!

As a black-owned brand, Yummy Extensions celebrates this event 365 days a year, but we want to share five ways you can do the same during this special month!

Donate to an organization

Several organizations support the future of black children and people in totality. Do your research to find the best ones that share your ideology; whether it is the Boys and Girls Club of America or NAACP, there is an organization for you. If you cannot find it, consider starting your own or donating to a needy family.

Watch a movie about the Black Experience

Watching a movie about the Black Experience may seem lighthearted. Still, whether you want to believe it, cinema, in general, is art imitating life and holds a light onto places, people, or ideas we had no clue about. Gather a group of friends and tune your favorite streaming app onto movies that will spark a conversation.  

Visit a Black History Museum

History Museums have come a long way since our school field trip days, where we look at pictures of people we have never heard of, followed by a lengthy blog on who they are. (I am speaking to the elder millennials). Some museums will allow you to interact with the installations and feel that you were right there when this part of history took place. 

Here are a few Black History Museums for you to explore:

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC
  • African American Museum of Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
  • The Trap Museum, Atlanta GA
  • The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York

Shop Black

An easy way to support the community is to shop at black-owned retailers locally and online. Shopping at black-owned retailers helps to strengthen the racial wealth gap; it creates jobs for many who might not get an opportunity at other companies, and so much more. 

Read books about Black Culture.

Open your favorite reading app or paperback and explore some of the greats. Reading is fundamental, they say. We are into reading about history, as well as the future growth of black people.

You can dive deeper into this activity by having a group of your friends read the same books and have a discussion; list questions about the parts that sparked your interest and find out what they meant to them. You may be surprised at what could come from this conversation.

Some recommended books to explore

  • The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth
  • The Black Girls Guide to Financial Freedom: Build Wealth, Retire Early, and Live the Life of Your Dreams by Paris Woods
  • The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison
  • Hair Love by Mathew Cherry
  • Black girls must die Exhausted by Jayne Allen
  • Anywhere You Run Wanda Morris
  • The Black Girl's Guide to Financial Freedom

Let us know what you think. Share some ways that you celebrate black history.

Blog post written by Jessica Williams