Black History Month | Hero Shoutouts and Looking Ahead to BHM 2023

As Black History Month celebrations wind down, here’s one last hurrah for the heroes we’ve highlighted this year and one new thing we learned while writing about Black History Month that can help you celebrate Black History Month 2023.

A new way to celebrate

Did you know that Black History Month is also National African American Read-in Month? The Read-in was created in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy an important part of Black History Month.

Event formats for the African American Read-In (AARI) have varied, including poetry slams, musical acts, or even plays. The underlying theme of events is to highlight texts by African American authors. One of the easiest ways to host an event is a book club reading. Click here to access a toolkit on how to plan a AARI event for 2023.

Our 2022 Shoutouts:

Here’s who we recognized this year. Who do you think we should recognize next year? Share with us in the comments.

Rosa Parks

American activist Rosa Parks is most famously known for starting the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. She did that and so much more. Watch this 5-minute TED-Ed video on “The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks” to catch more on this courageous freedom fighter.

Maya Angelou

American author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou became first Black woman to appear on a U.S. quarter. Read this interview with the designer to understand how the coin symbolizes Angelou’s achievements.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Neo-Expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting “Untitledsold for $57.3 million at auction in 1982, making him the most financially successful African American painter in history. Explore his bio and some of his work here.

Share with us who you think we should highlight for Black History Month next year in the comments below.

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