Blog Contest: How Does Your Family Celebrate Black History Month? How Does Knowing Your Roots Enrich Your Celebration? (Week 4)
Post your response in the comments section of our blog and you’ll have the chance to win a free African Ancestry Test Kit!
Each year, February is a big month for African Ancestry. We are fortunate to have opportunities to share the African Ancestry Experience, meet new people, and engage in conversations across the country. This year, we thought a contest would be a good way to reach even more people and hear your perspective on finding your roots. We will pose a question each week and reward the most thoughtful and insightful response with a free MatriClan or PatriClan Test Kit.
We celebrate Black History every month at African Ancestry. For obvious reasons, we pump it up during the month of February. This year we’ve been celebrating by giving away free kits and other prizes. There’s one more chance for you to win a test kit this week by answering our FINAL contest question. Good luck!
This week we’d like to know: HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH? HOW DOES KNOWING YOUR ROOTS ENRICH YOUR CELEBRATION?
Post your response in the comments section of our blog between February 22nd through 28th and you’ll have the chance to win a free African Ancestry Test Kit!
The winner will be announced on March 5th and will be chosen by President, Gina Paige and Scientific Director, Dr. Rick Kittles! See full contest rules here.
UPDATE 03/01/10: This contest is currently closed.
Black History Month might be officially over but we celebrate African Heritage all year long! Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s contests!!! Your responses were very inspirational! We’ll announce the winner of the last blog contest and the mailing list later this week. Trace your DNA. Find your roots. Today.
It is very inspiring to know that there are families upholding the observance of Black History Month. Thank you for sharing the traditions that your families follow. This week’s winner is Nikki. She and her family have had a full month of remembrance, recognition, and celebration! Congratulations Nikki on winning an African Ancestry Test Kit for your family.
Read Nikki’s response:
On February 1st, we always begin by referencing The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: “If you teach this nigger to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave.” Thus, we celebrate by participating in the National African American Read-In [Chain], stressing the importance of literacy and of black literature.
We visit the National Civil Rights Museum to view the permanent and temporary exhibits. Soul Soldiers, the first national exhibit to commemorate the Black Experience in the Vietnam War, is currently displayed. We discuss our people: What can they tell me about Gil Scott-Heron or Van Jones? (both having lived in our hometown)
We celebrate our creative spirit: This year, we attended Hattiloo’s performance (a black repertory theatre) of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. We also attended a staging of Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind in our neighborhood theatre.
Around Valentine’s Day, we pause to remember our sister-survivors of the Democratic Republic of Congo–survivors of rape used as a weapon of war.
We attend community lectures; we invite all our non-black friends to celebrate with us all month long; in short, we celebrate like “this may be our last time.” Seriously. It’s a celebration not limited to February, but surely amplified during this time.
Most importantly, we remember our ancestors, both cultural and biological. This year, we focused on Ida B. Wells-Barnett, editor and proprietor of the Memphis Free Speech, who wrote of the 1886 lynching of a black woman in the courthouse square of our hometown, Jackson, TN. (Something we were never taught in grade school.) We remember my maternal ancestors, the first black landowners within that same county who donated land to build the Friendship School for African Americans, and who left a legacy that still stands proud and firm today.