Carter G. Woodson—known as the “Father of Black History”—once said, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” He made this observation at a time when the role and contributions of African Americans in American history were largely erased from the narrative. In a response to this gross elimination of Black Americans from their own country’s history, he and his partner Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the ASALH) and instituted “Negro History Week” as the second week of February in the United States, in order to draw attention to the topic and facilitate its study.
What once was only a week in February has now evolved into Black History Month, a time when we can highlight and celebrate the history of all Black people—especially those throughout American history. This includes the achievements and accomplishments of Black Americans like Gwendolyn Brooks, who was the first Black author to with the Pulitzer prize; innovative painter and street artist Jean Michel-Basquiat; and Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress.
Though we know that the study and appreciation of a people’s history cannot be limited to the span of one month out of the year, February serves as a special time to lift up Black voices and stories One way to do that is through the echoing and proud display of empowering words of Black activists and Civil Rights pioneers. Accordingly, here at My Modern Met, we’ve gathered a selection of apparel and accessories celebrating Black History that you can rock all year round.
Whether you’re looking to express your pride and appreciation through a cool t-shirt, a handy tote bag, or a laptop sticker, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down for a list of stylish apparel and accessories celebrating Black History Month that will never go out of style.
February is Black History Month, but these accessories and apparel celebrating Black history can be worn all year round!
Black Is Beautiful Embroidered Crewneck Sweatshirt
Rosa Parks T-Shirt
Little Black Girl Magic Passport Cover
Black History Matters T-Shirt
Melanin Magic Beanie
‘I am Black Excellence' Enamel Pin
Apple Watch Black Unity Sport Band
Black History Leaders T-Shirt
Black History Pinbacks Tote Bag
Radical Angela Davis Quote T-Shirt
Black History Month Scrub Cap
Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan Sticker
Black Lives Matter Pins
Nelson Mandela Quote Sticker
Frederick Douglass Quote Vintage Style T-Shirt
Black History Face Mask Set of 4
James Baldwin Quote Sticker
Melanin Skin Tone Hearts Tote Bag
‘Young, Gifted, and Black' Croc Charms
African American Center For Civil and Human Rights Mural Laptop Skin
Martin Luther King Jr. Quote T-Shirt
Black Every Month Sweatshirt
I Have A Dream Classic T-Shirt
African Print Fabric Earrings
Black History Sweatshirt