PLUS ONE society comrade and community servant, Cupid Alexander has developed a handy-dandy list covering all things BLACK JOY, BLACK HISTORY, BLACK HAPPINESS, uncomfortable truths, music, art and politics to guide us through the next 28-days.
There is no way around, so let’s go through…together!
February 1: Learn of the origins of BHM HERE.
February 2: Invest and share The Self Enhancement, Inc. Blueprint. Black-Founded. Black-Owned. Black-Led since 1981 – HERE.
February 3: Revisit the legacy of MLK & appreciate his work HERE.
February 4: Support black-owned businesses. Here’s a compelling reason why.
February 5: Lean into the uncomfortable truth – learn more about the middle passage and enslavement HERE.
February 6: Lean further into the uncomfortable truth – learn more about enslavement from this excellent autobiography by “Equiano” HERE.
February 7: Lean even further into the uncomfortable truth – learn more about Jim Crow, segregation, and America’s caste system HERE, HERE and HERE.
February 8: Enjoy black art. This book may help, find it HERE.
February 9: Want to understand the December celebration of Kwanzaa? Find that HERE.
February 10: Share black Joy- THESE pictures bring a smile to my face.
February 11: Haven’t heard of AFROPUNK? Now you have.
February 12: Kamala Harris & Shirley Chisholm. Black Women Political leaders- and the first in their roles in our Nation. Deserving.
February 13: Want to learn more about the black influence in technology? Peep AFROTECH.
February 14: OPRAH!, OPRAH!, OPRAH!
February 15: James Baldwin. Toni Morrison. Authors worth reading.
February 16: Everything from Olympic wins, to world champions, the African American diaspora has made great contributions to the world of sports. THIS insightful website covers it.
February 17: Tennis your sport? You’ll love Althea Gibson.
February 18: View the works of Kehinde Wiley & Amy Sherald – and their Obama presidential & first lady portraits HERE.
February 19: Black Actors & Actresses have been groundbreaking. Revisit the legacies of Sidney Poitier and Cicely Tyson.
February 20: Read THIS intriguing article by Ta-Nehisi Coates on our compound debt – and the call for action.
February 21: President Obama. First Lady Obama. Enough said.
February 22: The Black Panthers. No, not the influential political and community service entity. The 761st Tank Battalion in which Jackie Robinson served. Intrigued? Learn more HERE.
February 23: The hero we need but didn’t deserve. Wakanda forever.
February 24: Event planning & Activation with a social justice lens? Black women lead the way. Check out this innovative consultancy HERE.
February 25: Heard about Juneteenth but unsure what it is? THIS may help.
February 26: Jordan Peele – learn about his masterfully disturbing and hilarious cinema HERE.
February 27: Heard of David Walker’s Appeal? The more you know.
February 28: Black History is American History. We can begin to heal together, and difficult conversations WILL lead to shared prosperity. “The Sum of Us”, by Heather McGhee, may help.
Extra Credit: Watch The 1619 Project on Hulu