When Carter G. Woodson (the historian, author, journalist, and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) created Negro History Week in 1926, he didn't initially plan its transformation into Black History Month, or foresee that it would grow beyond the borders of the United States to be celebrated in various countries and under various names including African History Month, African Heritage Month, and more.
The goal of African History Month, whatever its local name, is clear: to enjoy the myriad cultures of the African planet, revel in the brilliance of 5000 years of African civilizations, and learn the best lessons from all of it to build the future we deserve.
If you want your school to plan for next February's African History Month celebration, the best time to start is March 1! That's because if you're going to be effective at helping students generate excitement, plan amazing events, and empower themselves intellectually and socially, you need as much time as you can get.
However, assuming it's not March 1, use whatever time you have. Certainly, the beginning of the new school year is a great time to help students organize their in-school AHM calendar, book guest presenters, arrange resources, and publicize the month of events.
As well, there's no reason you need to stop with the shortest, coldest month of the year. If students at your school have an Africentric club, or wish to create one, you can help them to plan and deliver the activities on this page (and more) year-round.
If you want help planning those events, or would like to share with us your plans, successes, photographs, video, and more so that we can help others learn about them, please contact Project Saqqara today. We can connect you with plans and organizations to help you present:
▲Art (including digital painting and cartooning) and art shows
▲Augmented and virtual reality
▲Movies and documentaries
▲Sbai (Africentric instructor or artist) in Residence
▲Spoken word, poetry, and sketch comedy performances
▲Student performances and speeches
For more ideas, see the list of contests below!