February is Black History Month, an important time to celebrate the contributions of the African American community. As part of GLSEN's Days of Support, we encourage GSA and student organizers to plan activities and events to recognize the importance of the African American community's involvement in the LGBT and safe schools movements. Below are a few things you can do:
Black History Month Heroes
Learn. Throughout February on the Gay-Straight Alliances Facebook we will be recognizing the African American heroes who have made significant contributions to the LGBT and safe schools movement. Click here and keep reading all month long for new additions!
Share. Our Black History Month Heroes downloadable flier has information about six notable Black History Month heroes. It's perfect for sharing. Print off copies and pass them out to members of your GSA, teachers and fellow classmates. To download, see RELATED DOCUMENTS on the upper right of this page.
We want to know who your heroes are! If you know an African American person who has contributed to the LGBT and safe schools movement, post about them on the Gay-Straight Alliances Facebook page. You can also tweet your heroes to @DayofSilence using the #GLSENBHM hash tag!
NEW! Sharing Communities GSA Activity Guide
It's easier to achieve success when you work together! For Black History Month we encourage your GSA to partner with your school's African-American student club for a joint learning project. This activity will offer an opportunity for members of your GSA to connect with another community and for another student club to learn more about the community of your GSA! Download these step-by-step instructions under RELATED DOCUMENTS on the upper right of this page.
Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression
GLSEN's extensive Jump-Start Guide
offers helpful tools for you to organize your own GSA. Part 5: Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression
explains the importance of understanding power, privilege and oppression and can help you to explore how other Isms-such as racism-affect you and the work of your GSA.
Join The Conversation
Go to the Gay-Straight Alliances Facebook page
and @DayofSilence Twitter
(don't forget to use #GLSENBHM).
Read Do Something's Background on Racial Discrimination
and then Do Something! Here are 11 things
that DoSomething.org suggests you can do for Black History Month.