Observing Black History Month throughout February is a good thing, for the most part. Unfortunately, it is used by some as an opportunity to pat themselves on the back and then move to the next thing when March arrives.
Racial justice work should never—can never—be a “one and done” if you actually believe in the work. Racial justice work and addressing systemic racism is a lifelong commitment. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is in this work for the long haul and we hope you are, too. You can find a lot of great information here on our Faithful Voices for Racial Justice website: www.faithful-voices.org.
We do believe Black History Month can be a springboard or a catalyst to begin the work, or even to renew your commitment to the work.
Whether as an individual, as a family, in a workplace, or as a community of faith, take the meaning and importance of Black History Month to not only learn something new but to also use it to commit to the ongoing work. And then, find a way to take action during the month and beyond.
There are many, many meaningful paths in addressing racism; both learning about and taking action.
We want to share a few ideas our Faithful Voices for Racial Justice planning team brainstormed to help start the conversation. We would love to hear from you the different ideas you are planning or are already doing in your community or at home.
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