“The number one thing I wish I my parents understood when I was growing up was that my identity as a black girl mattered. I couldn’t just ignore the fact that I had dark skin, that my hair was textured, that people treated me differently. I couldn’t not see my color like they suggested. Because we never talked about it, because they always dismissed my experience, I grew up ashamed of my entire self. If my parents weren’t proud of my blackness, they couldn’t have been proud of me. So I didn’t like me.” -Transracial Adoptee (name withheld out of protection of herself and family)
Our commitment to learn about and celebrate black history goes far beyond one month of the year, and so should yours. But during the month of February, we are extra intentional in celebrating, educating, and learning all that we can because black history is OUR history. In light of Black History Month, here we share 10 ways you can celebrate black history month in your family.