February is ending and so is Black History Month. But we should celebrate the Black community’s journey and accomplishments beyond February. In fact, here are a few ways you can be a good ally for the rest of the year and beyond.
History is made every day. Pay attention to events that Black People inside and outside of the US. Watch the news and stay up-to-date on what’s happening around the world and in your country.
Advocate in real life
While sharing information on social media is good, never forget about the power of support in real life. Stand up if you see someone being discriminated against or treated unfairly. Speak up if you hear something harmful said against Black people. Use your voice to call for the respect of all people, regardless of what they look like.
Donate to good causes
Monetary donations to the right places can be life-changing and sometimes even lifesaving. Communities who struggle with poverty and lack of resources are often best supported by financial donations. However it is important to make sure the person or organization receiving these donations is legitimate.
Volunteer where you can
Your time is equally as valuable as your money. You can help to create safe spaces by volunteering at an underfunded school or community center. For young black children who may need more safe spaces and mentors, these places are extremely impactful.
Be aware of your own thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Lastly, one of the best things you can do as an ally is check yourself! Ask yourself if you are treat people fairly, if your beliefs align with your words, and if you are make space for those who need it. After all, change starts with each of us everyday, not just during Black History Month.