RESOURCES
HONORING BLACK CONTRIBUTIONS

RESOURCES

HONORING BLACK CONTRIBUTIONS

While we celebrate and honor the contributions of black people year-round, Black History Month offers a unique opportunity to uplift, highlight, and give recognition to the ways black culture has shaped and impacted the world. In lieu of a traditional resource list to further our education in this regard, we opted to infuse our resource list with a rich piece of Black history. The history of the African American flag!

Also known as the Pan-African flag or the Black Liberation flag, this symbol of unity across the diaspora was established in the early 1920s in response to the sentiment of the time, that Black people in America weren’t truly a part of America. Most notably recognized as a tri-color flag with 3 bold stripes in black, red, and green, this flag was created to be a symbol of mutual support to African Americans giving them a sense of community among each other and eventually evolved into an identity symbol that was intended to be used to help give black people worldwide a sense of belonging and togetherness.

Each of the colors presented on this flag have significant meaning. The color Red represents the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry and that was shed for their liberation, black represents the black people whose existence as a nation is affirmed by the existence of this flag and green represents the growth of the African diaspora and the abundant natural wealth of the motherland.

In honor of Black History month, we’ve organized educational resources in categories that represent each of these colors, Red to highlight leaders in the liberation movement, Black to reflect on the cultural influences that unite the African Diaspora, and Green to illuminate ways in which Black people have contributed to the growth of our society. Complete with a movie/series, book, podcast, and an organization to support each category, we invite you to dive into this rich and beautiful culture joining in the celebration of Black innovation, Black power, and Black Joy!

While we celebrate and honor the contributions of black people year-round, Black History Month offers a unique opportunity to uplift, highlight, and give recognition to the ways black culture has shaped and impacted the world. In lieu of a traditional resource list to further our education in this regard, we opted to infuse our resource list with a rich piece of Black history. The history of the African American flag!

Also known as the Pan-African flag or the Black Liberation flag, this symbol of unity across the diaspora was established in the early 1920s in response to the sentiment of the time, that Black people in America weren’t truly a part of America. Most notably recognized as a tri-color flag with 3 bold stripes in black, red, and green, this flag was created to be a symbol of mutual support to African Americans giving them a sense of community among each other and eventually evolved into an identity symbol that was intended to be used to help give black people worldwide a sense of belonging and togetherness.

Each of the colors presented on this flag have significant meaning. The color Red represents the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry and that was shed for their liberation, black represents the black people whose existence as a nation is affirmed by the existence of this flag and green represents the growth of the African diaspora and the abundant natural wealth of the motherland.

In honor of Black History month, we’ve organized educational resources in categories that represent each of these colors, Red to highlight leaders in the liberation movement, Black to reflect on the cultural influences that unite the African Diaspora, and Green to illuminate ways in which Black people have contributed to the growth of our society. Complete with a movie/series, book, podcast, and an organization to support each category, we invite you to dive into this rich and beautiful culture joining in the celebration of Black innovation, Black power, and Black Joy!


RED | STORIES OF LEADERS IN LIBERATION

RED | STORIES OF LEADERS IN LIBERATION

Book: Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Anne Gibson Robinson, by Jo Ann Robinson

Actionable Allyship: Support Black Leadership: Tulsa Initiative

Podcast: Cape Up: Voices of the Movement

Series/Movie: The Black Power Mixtape


BLACK | WAYS IN WHICH THE CULTURE OF AFRICAN DESCENDANTS IS SYNONYMOUS WORLDWIDE

BLACK | WAYS IN WHICH THE CULTURE OF AFRICAN DESCENDANTS IS SYNONYMOUS WORLDWIDE

Movie/Series: 'The Black Power Mixtape'

Book: 'The African Diaspora: A History Through Culture' By Patrick Manning

Podcast/Docuseries: Once Removed' by Sheopatra

Actionable Allyship: African Diaspora Network


GREEN | WAYS IN WHICH BLACK PEOPLE HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE GROWTH OF SOCIETY

GREEN | WAYS IN WHICH BLACK PEOPLE HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE GROWTH OF SOCIETY

Movie: Hidden Figures

Book: 'The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration' By Isabel Wilkerson

Podcast: Inside the Minds of America's Greatest Black Inventors

Actionable Allyship: Black Innovation Alliance


TO LISTEN...

TO LISTEN...

Check out our Black History Month playlist curated by our resident songbird and customer service representative, India Brun!