Celebrating Black History Month

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Nantucket Gate Blog is here to wish you a happy Black History Month! Every February, we get a chance as a nation to reflect on the unquantifiable contributions that African Americans have added to our society, as well as consider ways we continually wipe out racism towards people of color in our country. This year, we are here to help you explore a few different ways you can celebrate Black History Month. The nice part is, you can do most of these things within the comfort of your Tacoma, WA apartment!

Read

February is a great time to enjoy books, poems, or discourses by Black authors. Reading is an effective way to experience a window into the lives, hardships, injustices, and culture of others, with the African American community being one of the most accessible. We recommends works by Ralph Ellison or Toni Morrison and poetry by Langston Hughes or Maya Angelou!

Watch

In addition to reading materials, there is plenty you can watch to celebrate and appreciate the work of Black artists. If you’re in the mood for a movie, there are countless choices that prominently feature African American actors and directors. If you’re looking for documentaries or movies based on true stories, we recommend 13th and Hidden Figures.

Listen

When you ask somebody what type of music they enjoy listening to, it’s not uncommon to hear the response: “everything except rap.” While it’s perfectly acceptable for each individual to have their own taste in music, we encourage everyone to try out some rap or some other form of music that was created by the Black community this month.

It’s true that the lyrics in rap music can sometimes seem abrasive or content heavy, but ask yourself questions like these while you’re listening: why might this rap be including this content? What is the life like of the artist performing this song? Why is it significant that they have made it in the rap world? We suggest listening to Alright by Kendrick Lamar or My Own Way by Chance the Rapper.  If you absolutely can’t get through any rap, try out jazz or blues!

Get Involved

More importantly than supporting Black art, we suggest you find ways to serve people of color in your own community! First, find out some of the current injustices people in your community face. Then think about how you personally can help. Are there youth near you at risk of leaving behind their education? Try finding a program that will help you mentor them! Do you have a Black-owned business near you? Support it regularly. There are plenty of ways you can get involved according to your own hobbies and interests.

We hope you enjoyed our post today. Have a great week!

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