This year, we wanted to put together tangible ways for families in Lake Country and Waukesha County to celebrate Black History month. As the white author of this post, I wanted to make sure that I represented things that were helpful to people of all color. In putting this together, I asked friend and Lake Country Family Fun mama, Ashley Hoover, for her input and ideas. Ashley has been a pivotal source of information for us and we thank her for her contributions.
A little bit about Ashley: Ashley took over our IG account this summer (@mama2_littlea ). She shared with us her experiences as a Black woman, raising a white-looking child, being raised by a Black mother and White father.
5 Ways to Celebrate Black History month
1. An email a day of black history! A virtual exhibition of 28 works that celebrate Black legacy in the U.S. Simply subscribe to get an email a day sent right to your inbox. Subscribe here. Looks informative. I just subscribed!
2. Get a Sneak Virtual Peek At The New America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) during The 3rd Week Of February. Watch their social media platforms for the release of a video trailer to get an exclusive look at our new physical space and exhibits covering more than 400 years of history. This is an exciting event and this museum will be on my to-do list for future DC visits!
3. Mom or Dad – listen to a podcast. Here are some good suggestions Ashley gives:
- First Name Basis podcast with Jasmine Bradshaw (how to talk to your kids
- Seeing White Podcast
- Watch Rachel Cargle’s Public Address on Revolution on Youtube
- Shameless Mom Academy Podcast episode 452 with Jocelyn Kopac (she’s
from Wisconsin, 4 steps to become a better ally)
5. Buy a collectivo coffee! Colectivo is proud to introduce a new coffee blend to honor Black History Month: The Griot. This blend celebrates the West African traditions of oral historians who have shared the past and present through music, poetry, and storytelling. This combination of coffees offers notes of peach, date, and light-bodied red wine with a balanced honey sweetness. Available for purchase at Colectivo February 1st through the 7th. $1 per bag will help advance ABHM’s vision for a society that remembers its past in order to shape a better future – a nation undivided by race where every person matters equally.
After the collective coffee timeframe ends, support local and nation-wide Black authors and business owners throughout the year!
We hope you found this list helpful; a good start. As a mother to a black son myself, I’m continually trying to learn and educate myself and my family.