February is Black History Month, established in 1926 by Black historian Carter G. Woodson to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. history. In addition to learning about Black dietitians' contributions to the nutrition and dietetics profession — such as Joncier Greene, MS, RD; Solona C. McDonald, RD; Lenora Moragne, PhD, MS, RD; and Sarah Wilder, PhD, RD — here are five ways we all can celebrate Black History Month.
- Read Black Authors. There is a plethora of books and resources available — including non-fiction, fiction, cookbooks, children's literature and poetry — that offer a wealth of information and insight into the Black experience. Most local libraries are celebrating Black History Month with curated collections of titles for all ages and reading levels. Online and brick and mortar bookstores also are excellent resources, with suggested book club selections and online reviews and ratings available.
- Follow Black Content Creators. If you're on social media, whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat or TikTok, now is a great time to follow Black content creators. You can start with professional historians associated with museums, libraries and universities for credible historical references; Black dietitians and health professionals for nutrition information or recipes; or everyday creators sharing their experiences and stories. Once you follow a few Black creators, most platform algorithms will start suggesting other similar creators.
- Look for Black History Collections on Streaming Video Platforms. The biggest streaming video platforms — as well as free videos collections online — are promoting collections to celebrate Black History Month, including documentaries, biographies and biopics, and dramas, satire and comedies sharing Black experiences and starring or directed by Black artists.
- Learn about — and Advocate for — Access to Health and Wellness for All. This year's Black History Month theme is "Black Health and Wellness," emphasizing health care access and improving wellness among Black communities. The Academy's vision is a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition. As such, we support legislation designed to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and chronic disease. So can you. Learn more.
- See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Whether you are seeking an expert consultation to support your personal or family health, help manage a disease or condition, improve physical performance in athletics, or any other nutrition and wellness goal, use Find a Nutrition Expert to locate an RDN offering in-person or telehealth services in your area.
Recommended Black History Month websites:
- Black History Month Resources
- National Endowment for the Humanities — African American History and Culture in the United States
- National Park Service — Black History Month
- Smithsonian Institution — National Museum of African American History and Culture
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — Black History Month