Actions for Everyone
We can’t let the sad news coming from the Senate’s acquittal of Trump’s impeachment let us down. Let’s use it to fuel our fire within, make us more militant, more involved, charge our spirit to thrive for change. We only have a couple of months to go! For now, let us focus on the present. February is Black History Month!
A Little History Class! – Black History Month began in the 1920’s where Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson proposed to dedicate a week to the importance of Black History and named it “Negro History Week”. It was the second week of February because it celebrated both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. Later in the 70’s black educators and academic institutions started to extend it for the entire month and it soon became a staple. We observe Black History Month in order to recognize the central role African American’s have had in this country, to pay tribute and to acknowledge the importance of educating on the history of marginalized people.
This year’s Black History Month’s theme is African Americans and the Vote. You can learn more about this year’s theme here.
This list of things you can do to celebrate Black History Month by the NAACP is great! Share it with your friends.
Also, if you have the ability to allocate money into a Black centered organization, that would be awesome too.
Here are some good ones:
Thurgood Marshall College Fund – The only organization that focuses strictly on historically Black colleges and institutions. “Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also a source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.”
Black AIDS Institute – Their mission is to stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Download apps tha map and promote Black Owned Businesses – You can download Official Black Wall Street to see places around your area that are black owned and you can get Black Nation to look for black owned businesses and services!
And since the theme for 2020’s Black History Month is the vote…
REGISTER TO VOTE: Go to Vote.Org to find out if you’re registered to vote in 2020 or to register online. You can also get an absentee ballot, as well as several other convenient online options. Since we’ve been talking so much about this, you’ve already gone to register to vote, OR at least made an election day plan, right? Next, are you ready for the ballot? Take a few minutes to check out your state’s sample ballot to make sure you know how you’re gonna vote. AND if you want, here’s a link to sign up for a text reminder to make a vote plan.
Some Things That Made Me Laugh this week:
I joined the group Wild Green Memes for Ecological Fiends on Facebook and I am never going back.
The main topic this week was how Olives and Dolphins seem to have the same texture and the memes were SO good.