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How to Stay Educated All Year Long - Not Just During Black History Month

How to Stay Educated All Year Long - Not Just During Black History Month

It's vital that we dedicate ourselves to education year-round, not just during Black History Month. But how can you do that? Read our top tips below.

1) Follow Black influencers and creators.

Who are you following on social media? Whose posts are you liking? Whose voices are you listening to?

Whatever the platform, make sure you're interacting with and learning from Black creators.

Rather than placing the burden of education on your Black friends and coworkers, choose to support and learn from those already doing that work.

2) Subscribe to newsletters dedicated to diversity and anti-racism.

Again, do the work yourself rather than placing the burden on your Black colleagues.

Here are some of our favorite newsletters:

  • raceAhead
  • Anti-Racism Daily
  • The Aleria Newsletter

3) Diversify your reading list.

Don’t read one book in February and consider your allyship journey finished. Consume diverse voices year-round.

Here are some of our community’s top recommendations. (And before buying them, do a quick online search for Black-owned bookstores in your area!)

Nonfiction:

  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Memo, Minda Harts
  • Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim
  • How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  • Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A Black Women's History of the United States, Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
  • Four Hundred Souls, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Fiction:

  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
  • The Wedding Date, Jasmine Guillory
  • The Deep, Rivers Solomon
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  • Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
  • Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams

4) Finally, donate your time and/or money.

All of these organizations need your support year-round.

Follow them on social media and sign up for their newsletters. Set up an ongoing donation or check for volunteer opportunities to see what you can do to help.

  • NAACP (+Legal Defense Fund)
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Equal Justice Initiative

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