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Akoma Day - Black Love Day

Feb. 13 alternative: Black Love Day, is the third nationally commemorated African-American holiday. It is a day of atonement, reconciliation and celebration.

In 1993, Ayo Handy-Kendi, the founder of the nonprofit African-American Holiday Association (AAHA), created Black Love Day. The holiday is based on five tenets: love toward the creator, love for self, love for the family, love for/within the black community and love for black people.

The idea is to apply these tenets throughout the entire year in one’s daily life but to pay special homage to the idea of black love on Feb. 13. People of other races can work on their behavior and racial attitudes toward black people and demonstrate “love in action” to African-Americans.

Black Love Day was started to put an end to self-hatred among blacks, stop the violence, end racism, increase peace, besides offering an Africa-centered, spiritually-influenced holiday.

Interview with Mama Ayo Handy Kendi by Baba Ras Okera

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