How To Celebrate Black History Month 2018 & Keep Celebrating All Year Long

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During my childhood, each Black History Month, I’d learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson. As I grew older, though, I learned that there were a lot of people and moments that weren’t taught in school, so I took it upon myself to learn and then educate others. From sharing facts during everyday conversation to encouraging my friends to visit Black history museums, I've come to realize celebrating Black History Month is as much about learning about Black History as much as it is teaching it to others who don't have this information, too.

Black history is one of those topics that’s so expansive that you’ll never run out of things to learn, or ways to celebrate it. You could dedicate each Black History Month for the rest of your life to a specific theme, and you’d still have to live for approximately 1,453 years to cover everything (I totally just made that number up, but you get the point).

Black people aren't a monolith, so there are a lot of different areas of Black History you can focus on. A popular one is definitely the American Civil Rights Movement, but you can also learn about and celebrate Reconstruction, important inventions, entertainment, and much more.

There are countless ways to celebrate Black History. Ahead, you’ll find 11 suggestions to get you going, but it's a long month: You’ll likely think of other, fun ways to celebrate.