February is Black History Month. As we fight systemic racism together, we must continuously be aware of the ways that anti-Blackness is present in many non-Black POC. How can we strive for a better future that celebrates Black voices? Below is a list of BIPOC makers, radical thinkers, and doers who can guide and ground us, featuring recommendations by Cultural Work Volunteer Alisa Chen at alisa[email protected] and APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP) members.

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  • Microaggression Training in Black History Month– The NAACP Vancouver and Unlimited Creative Corporations have teamed up to offer Microaggression Training in Black History Month to youth and adults. These trainings focus on learning what a microaggression is, how it can destroy companies, why you need to know about them, and how you can help minimize microaggression. The courses will be held on February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, with the youth (ages 13-17) courses from 3:00pm-4:00pm and the adult (ages 18+) courses will be held from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Both will have a 30 minute Q and A afterwards and pricing can be here.

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  • Ijeoma Oluo on ‘Mediocre’– In her new book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, Ijeoma Oluo, author of the best seller So You Want to Talk About Race, looks at how white men in America have preserved their power for generations — and the consequences that’s had for all of us. She argues that overlooking white male mediocrity has helped devalue college education, promoted leadership styles that have hurt business, and prevented progress on major issues like police brutality and gerrymandering.

  • Black History Year– Learning your history makes you – and your people – stronger. As Black people, we know we’re left out of the history books. That the media images are skewed. That we need access to experts, information and ideas so we can advance our people. Black History Year connects you to the history, thinkers, and activists that are left out of the mainstream conversations. You may not agree with everything you hear, but we’re always working toward one goal: uniting for the best interest of Black people worldwide.

  • A Code Switch Playlist for Black History Month– NPR’s Code Switch curated this playlist that presents hidden heroes and buried history of Black America.

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If you have BIPOC art and culture to add to this list or additional resources, please contact Cultural Work Coordinator Roshani Thakore at [email protected] or Cultural Work Volunteer Alisa Chen at alisa[email protected].

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