The day before Valentine’s Day is being celebrated as Black Love Day on Feb. 13, a day that the African American Association of Holidays calls a solution for better relationships within Black and White communities.
This year’s theme, “Heal a Woman, Heal a Nation,” will be addressed at the official 26th Black Love Relationship ceremony at Greater Beulah Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Md. The event focuses on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America at Jamestown, Va., in 1619.
“We will help heal the inequalities that Black women have dealt with as the impact of the institution of slavery and the structural racism that evolved from it, creating deeply impactful issues for them, their Black families and the society to this day,” said Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of Black Love Day.
The association said it’s not about “where you go” but what you “do” to demonstrate love on Black Love Day that makes it a more cultural, spiritual alternative to the commercialized Valentine’s Day.