Thursday, January 29, 2009

Black HERstory Month

During the month of February, many activities and events are planned to celebrate the histories or herstories and cultures of people of African descent. How can you participate? Want to put on an event, but fresh out of ideas? Well have no fear! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Host weekly screenings of films or documentaries about, directed & written by and starring people of African descent such as: NO! The Rape Documentary; Chisolm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed; You Have Struck a Rock; Unchained Memories: Readings of the Slave Narratives

  • Collaborate with your campus Black Student Alliance, Multicultural Center or other multicultural groups in planning your event

  • Host a Libations Ceremony to pay homage for past sheroes and heroes of African descent who have contributed greatly to our world

  • Celebrate the diversity in cultures and music throughout the African Diaspora by hosting a luncheon that exhibits the various cuisines and entertainment of the Afro-Caribbean, African, African American, and Afro-Latino heritage

  • Invite a local or campus cultural theater troupe to perform or host an open mic/spoken word or poetry slam competition

  • Launch a flyer campaign to recognize prominent historical and modern-day Black feminists

  • Host a panel forum to discuss Black women’s history and involvement in the women’s movement

  • Incorporate Black HERstory Month in your annual Vagina Monologues event

Remember, Black HERstory Month is a time to acknowledge the achievements and contributions made by people of color to the rest of the world. So let’s take this time to recognize all our sisters in the struggle. HAPPY BLACK HERSTORY MONTH!!

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