February is Black History Month – This year’s theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
We recognize the significance of this month, and we invite you and your loved ones to join us in spending time learning about and exploring the rich tapestry of the African American family, past and present.
If you’re looking for resources or a great read to continue your learning journey, we have several recommendations on our Racial Justice & Reconciliation page here, and have added a few more of our favorites below:

ICONS AND PRAYERS FOR REFLECTION AND CONVERSATION

RACHEL CARGLE  #DiscoverOurGlory
A public scholar, curator of The Great Unlearn, founder of The Loveland Foundation, and owner of Elizabeth’s of Akron books,  has put together a curated list for Black History Month. She encourages people to do their own work and research on these topics as part of a Black History Month practice. She has a prompt for each day of this month and you can follow her on social media and receive those prompts: @rachel.cargle

If not, you can find the list here which will be updated each week (type in your preferred search engine/research the following topics):
*Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project
*Igbo Landing
*The Emancipation Compensation Act
*Black Cowboys
*Black Wall Street
*Chitlin Circuit
*Black National Anthem
*National Coalition of 100 Black Women
*NAACP
*Florynce Kennedy
*Gordon Parks
*Katherine Dunham

WATCH:
*Watch the Four-part series: The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song on PBS
https://www.pbs.org/video/the-black-church-episode1/

*Watch a follow-up discussion hosted by Jemar Tisby, Tyler Burns and a few others who are part of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective
https://www.facebook.com/TheWitnessBCC/

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