February and Forever: 3 Tips to Keep the Conversation on Black History Going All Year Long

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Posted on : February 1, 2022

Although the month of February is dedicated to the recognition and celebration of Black History in Canada, the conversation does not, and should not stop once the month comes to an end. Rather, this month reminds us to meaningfully engage with history, take stock of where systemic racism persists, and celebrate Black achievement and those who are creating change.

Whether at home or at work, here are three tips to keep the momentum of Black History Month going, long after February has ended.

  1. Celebrating other important days
    March 07, 2022, and the first Monday in March, every year, is Black Mental Health Day. This day recognizes that there is a desire and a demand to increase awareness and initiate action to address the impact of anti-Black racism on mental health and social well-being.

    Show your support by attending or hosting a special event, supporting your local Black businesses, and sharing information on your social media.
  1. Understanding intersectionality
    Scholar and human rights activist Kimberlé Crenshaw founded the term “intersectionality” in 1984 to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual “intersect” and overlap with one another, which in turn affect how a person experiences the world.

    Understanding intersectionality is essential to eliminating the barriers and obstacles that people face in their daily lives. Remember that intersectionality is not limited to race, gender, and/or class, but also includes things like sexuality, ability, age, language, and immigration status.
  1. Starting a Book Club / Group Share
    From books to podcasts to certificate programs, there are many resources out there that explore important ideas. Starting a book club/ group share with a group of friends or colleagues is a great way to keep the momentum going, long after February has ended. You can mix up the content, plan it around your schedules, focus on different topics – the possibilities are endless, and there’s nothing quite like learning and growing together!

Monday Morning Musings: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWJtawgg1vo (Living while black)

Every week, our CEO, Michael Bach, shares a “Monday Morning Musings”, where he discusses current events and topics in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA).

Last week, he talked about the recent suspension of Alberta Justice Minister, Kaycee Madu. To learn more, click here.

More “Monday Morning Musings” on Black History Month:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sd-Ut-o6lQ (Black 365)

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-hgFbmmdCE (The war on woke)

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrjeVPaSFfo (Black inventors)

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDHyHdqOPo (Shop black owned)

More resources on Black History Month in Canada:

https://www.blackmentalhealthday.ca/

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/history-ethnic-cultural/Pages/blacks.aspx

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

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