28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

February 1, 2019 / By Vanessa Mbonu


Since the 1970s, the month of February has been an exceptional period for the Black community as we devote 28 days – 29 if we’re lucky – to commemorate all things Black. Black History Month is celebrated across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Netherlands, and from school systems to television networks, many organizations recognize the month by building Black history into their programming during the month of February.

Here at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this Black history month is particularly special because we’re celebrating our anniversary – we’re 110 years young, and we’re challenging all of our supporters to celebrate Black history a different way each day.

These are 28 ways you can celebrate Black History this month:


  1. Support a Black business
  2. Visit a Black History or Civil Rights Museum in your local area
  3. Donate to a Black organization
  4. Host a Black film marathon
  5. Wear your hair out in its natural form to school, work or a social event
  6. Become a member of a Black organization
  7. Trace your family history
  8. Spend time with a Black elder in your community
  9. Read a book by a Black author
  10. Cook a soul food meal
  11. Sign up to mentor a Black child in your community
  12. Donate to an HBCU
  13. Attend or host a Black culture event in your community
  14. Learn about an unsung hero of Black history
  15. Support a Black creative (artist, poet, local musician, etc.)
  16. Study the African Diaspora
  17. Explore Black Music
  18. Call out racism and prejudice in your community
  19. Sign up to receive news from a Black organization
  20. Contribute an essay or blog to a Black media outlet
  21. Support the black media, black press and the NNPA
  22. Engage in healthy conversations about Black history on social media
  23. Learn the lyrics to Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
  24. Read Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech
  25. Decorate your home with Black Art
  26. Read a biography of an influential Black figure
  27. Write a Black children’s Book
  28. Register to vote!