The more I’ve learned about Black History in the U.S., the more I’ve discovered a more complete history of our country than the one I learned in American History 101. Black Americans have contributed so much to our country despite the almost insurmountable barriers they have faced.
Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. It is a good time to deeply listen to, learn, and celebrate Black stories and history. But I hope we will celebrate these achievements all year long!
Below is a round-up of resources and events intended to educate, highlight, and give a voice to Black Americans in El Paso and elsewhere.
Learn About Black History in the Borderland
Did you know African Americans have a rich history in this region? Me neither! From Buffalo Soldiers to civil rights leaders, the Black population has contributed a great deal to shaping the community of El Paso, despite making up such a small percentage of the community. Check out these articles below to learn more.
El Paso Black History Events
“Still We Rise” Exhibit | El Paso Museum of History | Runs through March 16, 2024
This exhibit details the experience of the Black community in El Paso through the accounts of Black El Pasoans. Learn about the struggles, accomplishments, and joys of this community throughout history. This exhibit has been running for about a year and will end March 16, so now is the time to check it out. More info here.
“Love Letters” Display | San Jacinto Plaza | Runs through February
Visit the San Jacinto Plaza to see a symbolic display honoring the struggles and achievements of the Black community. More info here.
Black History Month Art Gallery Ι UTEP | Feb 7 – 27
This exhibit contains works of art from Black El Pasoans and UTEP students in honor of Black History Month. More info here.
Black-Owned Businesses in the Borderland
Traditionally, it’s been much more difficult for people of color to start and run businesses due to the lack of opportunity to access funding, the lack of intergenerational wealth, and other discriminatory practices. A great way to counteract these historical injustices is to support black-owned businesses intentionally. Here are a few great lists of black-owned businesses around town.
Book Recommendations for Black History Month
One of the best ways to learn about other cultures or celebrate our own is to read the thoughts, feelings, and stories of voices from those cultures. Below are many book recommendations for kids and adults all about amplifying the Black voice in our society.
Recommended Reading :: Books for Black History Month and Beyond via Memphis Mom Collective
Black History Month: Books for Every Bookshelf via St. Louis Mom
A Round-Up of Posts from Our Sister Sites
Fortunately for us, we can learn and grow from our network around the country. I love to hear from other perspectives. So these posts really inspired me and got me thinking.
Let’s Celebrate the Beauty and Joy of Black Motherhood via Kansas City Mom Collective
It’s Time to Cancel Black History Month via Gulf Coast Mom
6 Fun Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Kids via Dallas Moms
Ways We Are Talking About Black History Month With Our Kids via DC Area Moms
Do this for Us this Black History Month via Pittsburgh Mom Collective