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How to Celebrate Black History Month at Home

Every February, we recognize and honor Black Americans and their significant contributions to our country’s history. The following are ways you can celebrate Black History Month at home this year.

Buy and read books written by Black authors.

Broaden your perspective by adding books written by Black authors to your reading list. The options are endless, and whether you indulge in a classic, powerful memoir like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou or a recent page-turner like Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, you’re sure to find a new favorite.

Diversify your watch list.

Press pause on your go-to show this month and add films, series, and documentaries about Black experiences to your Netflix queue. Get encouraged with Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, sing along to HOMECOMING: A film by Beyonce, or deepen your knowledge with the Oscar-nominated piece, 13th.

Support Black-owned businesses.

When you shop small, you’re uplifting communities and building economic vitality. From beauty products and home décor to jewelry and art, this list of Black-owned Etsy shops showcases a wide range of one-of-a-kind products from Black sellers and independent creatives.

Take a virtual tour of Black history museums.

Celebrate and study Black history with a virtual museum experience. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Museum of African American Art, and the Archives of African American Music and Culture all offer online exhibits, allowing you to explore and learn from the comfort of your home.

Donate your time, talent, or treasures.

There are plenty of worthy causes that need support right now. Charity Navigator created a comprehensive list of highly-rated organizations working diligently to promote Black health, education, rights, and community development in the United States to which you can consider donating.

Purchase and stream music from Black artists.

Enjoy the songs and voices of Black artists, including Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Marvin Gaye, and more. Check out this Black History Month playlist on Spotify or this Black History Month playlist on Apple Music.

Listen to a Black history podcast.

Expand what you know about Black history and significant events by listening and subscribing to informative podcasts. Black History Buff, Black History Year, and Noire Histoir are all highly-rated and easily-accessible shows that’ll capture your attention.

Cook a recipe from a Black chef.

Please your palate by cooking up a delicious dish from a Black culinary pro. We love Vegetable Kingdom for a vegan option, Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage, Charm, Soulful Memories for something sweet, and The Taste of Country Cooking for fresh favorites.