Every February, the US celebrates Black History Month to honor the achievements of African Americans and their central role in US history. In recent years over a dozen other countries including France, Canada, Benin and Italy now observe Black History Month.
As a global phenomenon, Black History Month serves as “a powerful symbolic celebration” in the words of Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. “Symbols always stand for something bigger—in our case, the important role of Black History in pursuit of racial justice and equality.”
How Can You Celebrate Black History Month?
With Dr. Higginbotham’s powerful words in mind, Black History Month can be seen as an opportunity not only to learn about the past, but to support efforts for a more equitable future.
“America has made huge strides over the years and decades but our work towards social justice and equality is far from reached,” says Sonya Shields, founder and CEO of Children of Promise NYC.
Here are three ways to expand your knowledge and invest in change this month:
- Educate yourself on Black History
- Support Black-owned businesses
- Donate to Black-led charitable organizations
What is Black History Month’s Theme in 2024?
Since 1976, every US president has designated February as Black History Month each year and announced a specific theme. This year’s theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” invites us all to discover and celebrate the influence of African American artists across disciplines, from sculpture to the performing arts.
Black-Led Charitable Organizations You Can Support in 2024
During Black History Month and beyond, you can donate to numerous charities that uplift Black lives and advocate for equal justice.
We’ve compiled a small list of organizations that can accept donations of crypto and stock, in addition to typical cash donations.
Giving to Charity is an Investment in Change
Donating cash, crypto, stock or another non-cash asset can make a lasting difference in the lives of others.
This Black History Month and beyond, consider what you can give to support change, uplift communities, and fight for equal justice in the US.
If you’re a crypto investor, your generosity can unlock a new way for nonprofits to create an impact. Your donation can also be much more tax-efficient than donating cash.
Giving crypto is a concrete way to increase racial justice, healing, restorative economics, and reconciliation.
Whether you donate crypto, stock, cash or a donor-advised fund grant, you can explore our donation marketplace to find a charitable organization to support today.