Celebrating Black History Month
This February, make every day a day to celebrate Black history!
Join a community conversation hosted by the Waco NAACP discussing the award-winning documentary, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality. Starting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, participants will have free access to Stevenson’s film.
Purchase from one of your favorite Black businesses today or post a positive review on their social media page or website.
Register to vote! If you are, encourage others to register on social media. Visit:www.votetexas.gov for more information.
February 4, 5, and 6
Tune into the 2nd Annual Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival, dedicated to EMPOWERING the creative spirit, SERVING with heart, and CELEBRATING all! The two day film festival will feature an international competition of 65 films, a professional education workshop, a celebrity golf classic and tennis mixer, free virtual movies and drive-in movie screenings throughout Waco, along with the debut of the Waco Family & Faith Theater Festival, all in the support of honoring the universal themes of family and faith. Visit wacofamilyandfaithfilmfestival.com for more information
Sing joyfully with this course geared towards those interested in performing African-American Gospel music, both old and new. Students will become acquainted with the African-American Church music which spans from the Afro-American Spiritual to current artists. Entrance into the group is by audition only, and musicians will need to have intermediate musical skills. Vocal Coach and MCC grad, Taushey Sias will be teaching the ensemble, so students are sure to be encouraged by her experience and testimony through music. Please contact Taushey at email@example.com to schedule an audition.
Talk with your children or friends about the importance of believing in themselves and working toward their dreams. Make vision boards together and write down your steps to success.
Envision with the youth in your life about what they’d like to do when they grow up, where they’d like to travel and which of their Black history icons would they look up to for their positive impact.
Research and read about a Black history icon from your hometown and share information (pictures, facts) about their story with others via social media.
Enjoy art that promotes the African-American community. Here in Waco, we are home to a number of murals depicting the vibrancy of African-American culture, view them here.
Stream or visit your nearest movie theater to watch Judas and the Black Messiah depicting the life of Fred Hampton. Research the life of Fred Hampton and other lesser known Black figures.
Donate to an Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Research the history of why these institutions of higher education was created.
Let the Black people in your life know that you love them. Yes, all of them!
Educate yourself on oh how the COVID Pandemic has exposed the real inequality in our healthcare system and how we can do better. Tune into Envisioning Equity: Healthcare taking place on February 18th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Register for the event here.
Invest in all Black businesses by donating to the Central Texas Minority Business Equity Fund. Click here for more information.
Research and read about a Black history icon in your current or desired career field and share information (pictures, facts) about their story with others via social media.
Spend time with a Black elder in your community.
Laugh a little and embrace the comedic genius of your favorite Black comedian.
From jazz to gospel to hip-hop and all points in between, the influence of African-Americans on music is everywhere. Use this day to explore a new Black artist.
Prepare to learn about Who Let George Zimmerman Go? How Being a Juror Serves Justice from William Snowden, founder of The Juror Project. After witnessing the discriminatory practices that removed African Americans from jury panels, Snowden took his fight from the courtroom to the community and created The Juror Project. Hosted by the Waco NAACP, Snowden will explain the importance of African Americans showing up for jury duty, the discriminatory practices of some prosecutors, and the factors at play in removing diversity from juries.
Please register here for the event, and mark your calendars for February 22nd from 6:30- 8 pm.
Confirm with all the teens in your life that they have signed up for the Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant. Use this link to complete the application.
Bridge Black leadership, and join us for a moderated panel discussion providing an opportunity for Baylor students to hear from those of African-American descent who are exhibiting leadership qualities within the Waco community. Please register here for the event and mark your calendars for February 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm.
Buy a book by a Black author. No matter if it’s non-fiction, sci-fi or poetry, there are many to choose from. Ask the educators in your life about how many Black authors they incorporate into their teaching.
View the Waco Culture Guide for an overview of African-Americans in Waco. Know that through the publication's release, we are both elated on what we included and reminded of what we missed. Knowing of the many things we failed to capture, we encourage viewers of the culture guide to be intentional in building a connection with Waco's communities of color to truly experience the city's culture. We welcome all thoughts and additions to enhance the Waco Culture Guide so that it is more representative of the Cultural Wealth present in our community, and ask that any inquiries be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to a non-profit organization serving the Black community. Here are a few local ones: Mentor Waco, Footprintz Dance, Blaccent, Size of a Man, Indige Leaders, the New Black Collective, East Waco Empowerment Project, and the Waco NAACP,
Hosted by the Waco NACCP, award-winning, Board Certified Criminal Defense attorney Tyrone Moncriffe, comes to us from Harris County to explain the grand jury procedure, the power that jurors have, and why it is crucial that African Americans serve on them. Please register here, and mark your calendars for February 28th from 6:30- 8 pm.
Remind yourself that Black history is American history and should be celebrated every day. Commit to doing so!