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Happy Black Love Day - not the same as Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day, celebrated every year on February 14th, is a day to express love to your loved one. It is a well-honored tradition throughout the United States.

But did you know what day is Black Love Day? It is today – February 13th!

Today, Roland Martin interviewed the founder of Black Love Day on New One Now, a show featuring news from the African American perspective. Ayo Handy Kendy established Black Love Day in January 1993. She was inspired after watching the film scene where blacks killed the black leader Malcolm X. At that moment, she felt God called her create a day to help African Americans focus on self-love. Unlike Valentine’s day, this day is not set on romantic love but encouraging African Americans to show love to family, friends, community and ourselves. The focus is giving of yourself and not gifts.

This day is set in the midst of the well-established Black History Month, which is also designed to inspire African American pride, love and self-awareness.

Holidays are a good way to help us stop and focus on something other than going to work and living our daily lives. But remember, whether you consciously observe Black Love Day or Black History Month, we should always value our history, who we are and where we are going. It shouldn’t take a special holiday to make that apart of who you are - 365 days of the year.

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