A month known to celebrate love, women’s heart health, chocolate, canned food, pies, dental health, and spay and neuter awareness.
In fact, one website, Holiday Insights, lists twelve special awareness campaigns celebrated in this one short month. (www.holidayinsights.com).
Probably the most important on this list is the official designation of Black History Month.
February gives us the ability to celebrate Black History Month.
There are special activities designated at sites throughout the state. The website Visit Indy (www.visitindy.com) suggests a tour of Indiana Avenue and the Madame Walker Theater Center or a visit to the Crispus Attacks Museum.
Visit Fort Wayne (www.visitfortwayne.com) offers the African/African-American Historical Society or Allen County Public Library as great places commemorate this part of our history.
Live in South Bend? On February 23, 2019 there is a musical celebration of the African diaspora at the IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center at 3:00 in the afternoon.
For our southern Indiana families, Bloomington offers a fully packed schedule of activities that can be found at https://bloomington.in.gov/sites/default/files/2019-01/2019%20BHM%20Calendar_draft.
Is there a better way to honor and celebrate Black History month?
What about having conversations about race?
Looking at historical figures who have made significant societal contributions is important, but hundreds of thousands of people live their lives without the rest of us knowing about them.
What is their experience of living day to day? What does a person of a different race or ethnicity think about you? How do you define racism? Do you see examples of segregation around you? How will you raise your children to embrace their own culture and celebrate the cultures of others?
How will you be celebrating Black History Month?