DEAR FRIENDS,

We have gathered these suggestions for you in hope that they will give you a fun way of exploring Black History Month in our local area. Underlined words contain links that will direct you to websites pertinent to the daily suggestion. (If you only have the print version of this list, please search for the underlined words to find an appropriate website.)Enjoy!

 

1st – Read Psalm 133: A song of ascents. Of David.

 

2nd – Visit the African American LWB pioneers Fannie and Samuel James site by the post office, 720 Lucerne Avenue, on the NE corner of Lucerne and J Street. While there, contemplate or meditate for a moment about the historical significance of early African American Freemen settlers in South Florida and the contribution they made.

Pioneers of Jewell: A Documentary History of Lake Worth's Forgotten First Settlers (1885 - 1910)

 

3rd – Listen to Claude McKay’s poem “If We Must Die” read by actor Dracyn Blount

 

4th – Visit the Lake Worth Beach City Commission Chambers, 7 North Dixie Highway, to view the photo of Retha Lowe, the first African American City Commissioner in Lake Worth Beach.

 

5th – Explore the work of folk artist Clementine Hunter, “the Black Grandma Moses”

 

6th – Visit the site of Lake Worth Beach’s pioneer and former slave Samuels James’ desecrated grave, at 315 South L St., LWB. While there take time to silently thank Samuel and all the African American pioneers who contributed their time and talent to establishing the community in which we now live.

 

7th – Check out this Anti-racism Reading List from America & MOORE, LLC,

and this Quaker Resource List

 

8th – Read the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou:

 

9th – Visit the site of the old segregated school at 1718 Douglas Street, Lake Worth Beach 33460. While there, try to imagine what it was like to live in a time when children were forced to go to a segregated school, if they even had the opportunity to go to school, because of the color of their skin.

 

10th – Visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at the Lake Worth City Hall Annex Cultural Plaza, on "M" Street between Lake Avenue and Lucerne Avenue. Think about all the people who struggled to make this country a better place to live, some of them giving their life to do so.

 

11th – Listen to “A Poem for My White Friends” by Norma Johnson:

 

12th – Listen to Langston Hughes read: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

 

13th – Support a local Black-owned business. (Click HERE for PDF of suggestions.)

 

14th – Visit St. John’s Episcopal Church, 810 Washington Ave., Lake Worth Beach, founded by Bahamian immigrants in 1927. (Tell them LWIN sent you!)

 

15th – Virtually explore Black Culture sites in Palm Beach County

 

16th – Donate to one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities: HERE

 

17th – Listen to the Black National Anthem

 

18th – Learn the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing

 

19th  – Listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

 

20th – Eat Soul Food: FIND SOME HERE

 

21st – Attend a worship service in a Black church in Lake Worth Beach:

(follow the links for virtual attendance if physical attendance is still prohibited)

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; 819 Washington Avenue, 588-9724;

New Life Zion Temple, 1424 S. J St., 429-2438;

Grant Chapel AME, 1616 Douglas St., 855-6892

Lake Worth Church of God, 822 Washington Ave., 585-8796.

 

22nd – Consider making a donation to a Black Church. (See the item above).

 

23rd – Explore murals by Aaron Douglas, “the Father of Black Art

 

24th – Amplify the voices of people of color by inviting them to speak at your house of worship or for your organization.

 

25th – Experiment in the kitchen with a Soul Food Recipe

 

26th – Make a contribution to the City of Lake Worth Beach MLK Jr. Scholarship Fund: HERE

 

27TH – Listen to Audra McDonald sing “Climb Every Mountain

 

28TH – Pray about how God is calling you to be more anti-racist.

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