Black Love Day – Feb. 13th
22nd Black Love Day, February 13, 2015 Demands More Action Around Theme, ”Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter –Time for Truth”
BLACK LOVE DAY (BLD) is the 3rd nationally, observed African American holiday (wholyday) of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black love, showing 5 Tenets (specific acts)– towards the Creator, for Self, for the Family, within the Black Community and for the Black Race. Also in 24 hours, Whites show “love in action” towards Blacks, atonement or introspection of their racial attitudes, behaviors and fears while demonstrating the 5 tenets.
BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine’s Day with the wholistic goals of encouraging: 1) Black self-love instead of self-hatred; 2) Racial healing to stop White supremacy, racism and entitlement; 3) The return to Love to heal all relationships for increased peace to stop violence!
BRIEF HISTORY: BLD was founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA), and CEO of PositivEnergyWorks. Founder of Breathology, Transformative Practitioner, Speaker, Storyteller, Author, Host- “The Sage-ing Baby Boomer Show”.
Yearly, Black Love Day has grown in popularity similar to Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. It has become recognized on many college campuses, notably FAMU, Morgan State and Howard U. as well as in many communities.
Black Love Relationship Ceremonies have been hosted by AAHA in the D.C./Metropolitan area, annually since ’93. Other notable relationship ceremonies have been held in St. Louis, Mo, Richmond, Va, Los Angeles, Calif. and Benin, West Africa, with Handy-Kendi’s consultation.
Millions have been exposed to the higher vibration of love’s healing power through presentations about BLD on radio, TV. and in print. (For complete history, read "The Black Love Book" written by Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of BLD, www.PositivEnergyWorks.com).