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Aired Feb 2, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month

The origins of Black History Month, trace back to 1926, but the modern-day observation did not become official until 1976. In 2023, many of the suggestions for celebrating and commemorating Black History Month focus on elevating the intersectional nature of identity — learning about Black women brings together the issues of race and gender, while learning about Black LGBTQ+ people brings together issues of race and how they intersect with sexual orientation and gender identity.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, February 2. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: 38 Ways to Intentionally Celebrate Black History Month

Source: goodgoodgood.co

Author:  Kamrin Baker

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Did you know anything about the background of Black History Month prior to reading the article? If you answered no, why do you think this is the case? If you answered yes, where (and when) did you learn about it?
  2.  How many people can you identify as history-makers who were both Black and LGBTQ+-identified? Where did you learn their stories?
  3. While we’re celebrating Black History Month, we are also seeing challenges to efforts to elevate these kinds of efforts, such as the governor of Florida rejecting an Advanced Placement course on African American history, calling it a program that indoctrinates students to “a political agenda”. How would you respond to someone who points to observances of the history of marginalized populations and calls it “political”?

About Our Guest: 

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, 181st District/Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Bonus Resources:

Check out “Florida rejects AP African American Studies course“ from WUFT, by Christopher Will and Camila Pereira and these resources from Out History.

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.