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“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” —Thurgood Marshall

Last year, Black Americans accounted for more than 13% of of the U.S. population, which means there are over 45 million different lived experiences across the country. Black History Month was established to honor, support, and amplify these experiences and voices.

While there is no right or wrong way to celebrate Black History Month, we do encourage everyone to take some time and educate themselves on the origins of Black History Month, and find a way to reflect on the history, grow and learn from the present, and think of how we can evolve in the future.

Here are just a few suggestions on how you can do that.

However you choose to celebrate this month, we hope that you do so in a thoughtful, introspective, and equitable way. Black History Month is just one time out of the year that we should honor the history, contributions, and lived experiences of Black Americans.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —Barack Obama