February is Black History Month

Carol Durant

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It's day one of Black History Month and I’m already wondering what company or celebrity is going to win the panderpalooza prize. In spite of that negative thought, let's start this month with positive vibes. Let's finally find a real way to bridge the chasms of division and have a conversation with your people about other people. It starts with you.

Here is how you can assist in learning and supporting African Americans and African people across the diaspora.

  1. Use search engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo. Ask a question, receive an answer. Write it down with Notes on your phone or on actual paper. Buy a journal or notebook. Screen shots
  2. Use a Dictionary. Either online or buy one. Most words have more than one meaning. Look it up, remember it or write it down
  3. Use a map. Most people can’t name or locate the 50 United States. Using geography and topology for different countries, continents and nations via a map will increase your knowledge base.
  4. Support an African American/African author. There are plenty of authors who have books/newsletters in a vast array of categories. Check them out on Medium, Substack, Newsbreak, Amazon, Simily, Quora, Vocal, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. Purchase and subscribe. Read, follow, review and engage.
  5. Links: Here are some links to assist in your journey:
  6. https://www.splcenter.org/news/2022/02/01/black-history-month-facts-people-quotes
  7. https://theblackwallsttimes.com/2022/02/01/carter-g-woodson-father-of-black-history-month-overcame-suppression/?shared=email&msg=fail
  8. https://www.audacy.com/news/gallery/black-history-month-explained
  9. ttps://www.greenmatters.com/p/black-history-month-facts-for-each-day

10. https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/a35181062/black-history-facts/

11. https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/black-history-month-facts-10-things

12. Authors: Dr. Cornel West, Langston Hughes, bell hooks, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Carla Hall, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Greg Tate, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Walter Moseley, N.K. Jemisin, Eric Jerome Dickey, Richard Wright and many more.

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