By Wellness Official

What Black History Month Means to Us

At Wellness Official, honoring Black culture is part of our mission every single day. We choose to center, uplift and celebrate Black practitioners, spiritual leaders, and seekers of healing 365 days a year — not just when it’s trending.

AND we also join in the collective commemoration of this rich history, although we hope you will join us in celebrating long after February has ended.

This month, we’ve gathered an amazing group of Black leaders in wellness to speak on what Black History Month means to each of us.

There is so much wisdom from our community. Join us in listening and learning from them, sharing their stories, and celebrating their many experiences and perspectives.

“Remembrance is vital to our collective awakening. When we intentionally reconnect with our past, we strengthen our present and clearly see the possibilities of the future. When we forget, we are trapped in a never ending spiral of disassociation with our truest identities. I, like many others, believe that one month commemorating Black lives is not enough, so my prayer is that this month acts as a catalyst to a full year and beyond of being more open, more understanding and receiving of truth from others, not only with our minds, but with our hearts.”

Jas The Moon Mother, Soul Purpose Guide @themoon.mother

“Black History Month has an entirely new meaning this year because, for the first time, the rest of the world has a deeper understanding of our real history and can truly celebrate with us in a more meaningful way. For me, this month is about honoring our past — but not just the bright side. We must acknowledge the shadow too. One of my favorite sayings is, ‘What doesn’t heal, repeats.’ So by leaning into the truth of our history, we can become intimate with our past, and collectively create a new future.”

Justin Michael Williams, Speaker, Top 20 Recording Artist, Author of Stay Woke @wejustwill

“For me, Black History Month is a time to give our legends their flowers; those still living and those who have passed on. Black History Month is a time of duality. It’s a time to honor the massive contributions of Black folks in the American social, cultural, historical and political landscapes. But, it’s also a time to honestly reflect on and learn from the lingering painful wounds of our past which permeate our present reality.

Black History Month offers us an invitation to extend collective gratitude to those whose shoulders we stand on, as we envision how we can become a stand for those coming after us.

Black History Month is a time for truth-telling, for healing, for celebrating, for cultivating hope. Above all else, in a time like this, Black History Month is a time for intentionally and strategically creating the change we wish to see.”

Dr. Naika Apeakorang, Naturopath, Acupuncturist & Herbalist @drnaika

“Black History Month is a beautiful reflection and reminder of how far we’ve come and how much we have contributed to to the growth of America. I’m grateful to come from a lineage of wisdom, talent and resilience. Without their sacrifices, my dreams may have never been realized. I’m proud to able to continue the legacy of my ancestors by using my own innate gifts through my own work as a Healer and an Alchemist of precious metals and stones.”

Crystal Streets, Energy Healer & Intuitive Fine Jeweler @crystalstreets

“Black history is so rich, so powerful and so vibrant. I am so proud to be a part of such a resilient race. We still have so far to go, but I am excited to be a part of that journey. As someone who has been given a platform and audience, I happily take on the responsibility that I have to raise awareness and find solutions to the issues we as Black people face. One of the ways I have been able to do that is as the Director of Culture for Fit For Us, an organization whose goal is not only to give voice to Black professionals, but to provide health and wellness resources to underserved black communities. My life is a result of the hard work and dreams of those that came before me, and my hope is that the work I am putting in now will lift those that come after.”

Deja Riley, Dance Coach & Creator of Deja Riley Athletics @dejariley

“Black History Month is a chance to reflect, acknowledge, celebrate all that was, all that is and all that can be. Black History Month is not only about what was (history), it is about liberation, it is about excellence, it is about possibility. As someone who is actively engaged in dismantling systems in wellness that create oppression, Black History Month is a reminder of the legacy that Black people have endured while fighting for basic human rights and civil liberties. This is something I don’t take lightly because I understand the significance of the sacrifices my ancestors made in order for me to be here today. Celebrating this month anchors me in an intentional understanding of the collective contributions, struggles, resistance, resilience, joy, and strength that Black people from all around the world play in shaping voice and history.”

Rebeckah Price, Yoga + Meditation Teacher | Diversity + Equity In Wellness Advocate | Co-founder the well collective @rebeckahprice

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to be a Black Woman, to be a part of such a deep lineage and culture that extends to the beginning of humankind. I have gotten to a place where I am unapologetic about who I am and the celebration and love that I have for my community. We refuse to let pain be at the center of our lives, and we continually alchemize deep darkness into our light, self-love and joy.”

Katherine Haysbert, Certified Nutrition Consultant & Energy Guide @katherine_haysbert_

“Black history month to me means celebrating African diaspora identity too. I am an Uganda-American who has had the privilege of knowing both countries very intimately. With the current humanitarian atrocities of the Tigray genocide and the continuation of the Museveni dictatorship in Uganda, both countries shut down the internet and all access to VPN. This means the countries went dark, and had no access to the outside world. In this time, social media allowed us all to stay connected as the savvy youth figured out workarounds. It has been these savvy youth assisting the diaspora in coming together in solidarity to keep us informed. Platforms such as Clubhouse and Instagram were integral to us communicating with one another and sharing our stories. What most interests me during this month of centering Black excellence is, how will we continue to use social media to uplift our youth, to uplift the diaspora, in uplifting Black excellence?”

— Ssanyu Birigwa, M.S., Indigenous Bone Healer Shaman @ssanyubonehealer

“To me, Black History Month asks us to honor the nuances of Blackness and all the richness of the African diaspora as a whole. To celebrate not just the cultures that we’re familiar with, but to acknowledge and uplift up the voices, stories and traditions of people throughout history to help us understand and honor how we got to where we are today.”

Millana Snow, Energy Healer & Founder of Wellness Official @millanasnow