Celebrating Black History Month on Main Street

  
February 1, 2021 | Celebrating Black History Month on Main Street |
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February is Black History Month! As we come out of 2020 newly aware of how the dual crises of COVID-19 and structural racism affect our work on Main Street, it is even more imperative that we take the time to celebrate the diversity of our communities and amplify local initiatives aimed at achieving greater equity in our commercial districts. Black History Month is a great time to refocus and reengage in that work.

Please join us in honoring this month-long celebration by highlighting local stories of Black history in your community and amplifying Black-owned small businesses in your district. We also want to hear how your Main Street is celebrating the month—your initiative might even be featured on our social channels! Let us know how you’re honoring the month by tagging us using #WeAreMainStreet.

Not feeling social? You can let us know how your Main Street is celebrating Black History Month by emailing Abby Armato at aarmato@savingplaces.org.


Getting Started


If you’re unsure where to start, consider some of these action items below:
  • Highlight local stories of Black history (archival newspaper articles make a great Throwback Thursday!).
  • Amplify Black-owned small businesses in your district.
  • Host a drive-in movie night and screen films of historic Black leaders and events.
  • Arrange a display at your local bookstore featuring books by Black authors.
  • Transform an empty storefront window into a gallery featuring local Black artists or storytellers.
  • Partner with local organizations focused on racial equity to host a virtual lecture series, online book group, or cross-promotion plan.
  • Follow us on social media as we showcase additional ideas and replicable initiatives throughout the month.

Black History is American History. We hope you’ll join us in spotlighting the stories and voices of your community this month.
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