As fans and practitioners of this dance and musical genre that originated in the African-american community, really every month should be "Black History Month." But February is the official Black History Month in America, so this is a great time to remember the important contributions African-americans have made to our society, from arts and culture to science, politics and social movements.
There are a lot of ways we can be calling out and highlighting the African-american roots of the dance. A few ideas:
- Calling out the Black vernacular roots of the dance when introducing lindy hop during taster and beginner classes
- Carefully choosing photos and artwork for your flyers and websites that represents the roots of the dance
- Showing historic clips of African-american dancers as inspiration for your students / patrons
- Bringing in local historians or dancers from that era to share their stories and perspectives
- Organizing "field trips" to local Black history landmarks in your city
These are just some ideas to get you started. I'm sure there are lots of better ones out there.
How are you in your dance events, studios, performances and online spaces celebrating Black History Month? Let us know in the comments or in our contact form.