The African American Holiday Association

(AAHA)

 

We Provide Holiday Presentations/Ceremonies for

= Black Love Day – Feb 13TH

=   MLK Birthday

=   Rituals of Reconciliation

=  Women’s History Month

=  Easter

= D.C. Emancipation Day – April 16th

=   Juneteenth  - June 19th

= Kwanzaa

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).



ENDORSEMENTS:


Alecia Velma,  HBOP of SOALightSHC,  Sacred Heart Connection


Anise Jenkins,  Director, Stand Up for Democracy


Kymone Freeman,  WE-ACT Radio,  Black Luv Fest



Bro. Pete, Kings-n-Queens



TEACH, Organization of Saint Louis,



Mo Johnson Lancaster, Director, Progressive Emporium Bookstore


Sala Damali, Kuumba Kollectibles


Dr. Kokayi Patterson, African Wholistic Health Association (AWHA)


 

Paulette Smith, Proprietor, Don Paul Associates


Charles Hicks, Mr. Black History



Bro Jamaal, Owner/Producer, Inner Light Radio


 

Dalani Ammon, Owner/Producer, Harambee  Radio


Senghor Baye, President General, UNIA



Dr. Khadija Abdul Malik, of Hearth2Heart Health Radio Show, Inner Light Radio


 

Rachel Pope, Artist,


John P. Davies, Sound Healer/Composer, PositivEnergyWorks


 

Penny Williams, “The Talking Feather” Radio Show


Doctah Yew Bellame, Dr. Yew 360


 

Manifest Ra, Universal Love Movement (ULM)


Tree of Life, D. C. Public Charter School
















SOME TRADITIONAL THINGS TO DO ON BLD:

 

·** It's NOT where you go for Black Love Day - it is WHAT YOU DO to demonstrate (show) love on this day.  Experience the 5 Tenets (acts of love) on BLD and transform this day, then practice these tenets everyday; 

 

***Need suggestions on “how to demonstrate love”?  Read the Black Love Book for over 100 or more acts of love that can be demonstrated;

 

*** The greeting is Nya Akoma (N yah Ah comah) means get a heart, be patient;

 

*** Display the Akoma , an ancient African Adinkra symbol of love, patience, goodwill, faithfulness and endurance. This heart-shaped symbol was re-named and co-opted as a “Valentine”;

 

***Wear the colors Purple and Black – purple for spiritual growth and royalty; black for the color of the people and freedom from evil (Psalms 7 or 12);

 

***Buy BLD conscious-raising gifts from Black merchants, as an act of community love.  Avoid the usual Valentine’s candy, trinkets, stuffed animals, jewelry.  Consider hand-made gifts from the heart, healing products or food, inspirational, spiritual gifts;

 

***Get “The Black Love Book”, 4th edition, by Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder, Black Love Day – The rituals of BLD, Conducting a Relationship Ceremony, History of Valentine’s Day, Self-love and relationship tips, more.     


$6.50 E-book:   $13 Hard copy

 

Use credit card payments: Pay Pal info@aaha-info.org

OR  Send check or money order to:

African American Holiday Association (AAHA)

1311 Opus Avenue, Capitol Heights, Md.  20743  (allow 3-4 weeks shipping)


***In-gather the people at a Black Love Relationship Ceremony including in the Ritual of Reconciliation;


***If there is no local community, BLD Relationship Ceremony, feel free to start one by contacting us, here at AAHA. 


***And, you can create a BLD Relationship Ceremony, right in your own home space.  The Black Love Book offers a complete guide in setting up the ceremony, offering all of the official practices;


***Send in your Black love suggestions, highlights of your days activities or love shout-outs to IloveBlackLoveDay.Facebook.com to share the love vibration for the healing of the planet.




2015 BLD SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY


22nd Black Love Day, February 13, 2015 Demands More Action Around Theme,

”Black Lives Matter, All Lives MatterTime for Truth"



AROUND THE GLOBE on Feb. 13th:




At 12 o'clock noon on the date of Feb. 13th , take this time to pause, meditate, pray and feel gratitude for “The Creator’s” love and blessings in your life, and affirm your personal self love in whatever way that you can.   Then, visualize your vision of a loving, peaceful home, community, neighborhood, world, filled with more love, devoid of all violence.  These moments can serve as the 5 tenets (act of love) demonstrated by you for Black Love Day. 


And you can, continue throughout the rest of the day, demonstrating the 5 tenets (acts) of Black Love or Love in Action.  The more love you demonstrate this day, the heightened vibration of love can help you transform your life.




 


Around the Local Area:


In the local, D.C. Metropolitan area, the 22nd, official national, Black Love Relationship Ceremony will be held:  Fri, Feb. 13, 2015 at Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church, 1114 Sixth Street, N.W, W.D.C, 20001 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  ( 2 blocks from Mt. Vernon Square, Metro Yellow/Green Line).  This national ceremony is co-sponsored by Reverend Frederick Massey, pastor of Galbraith.  It is open to the public, offers music by Earth Love Tune-Up Crew, poetry, dance, the Ritual of Reconciliation to heal relationship pain and the 5 Black Love Tenets (loving acts).

 


Featuring: 

The Ritual of Reconciliation;

demonstrating the 5 Tenets (loving acts) of Black Love,

Breath Visualization,

Music and Poetry.

A message from  Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of Black Love Day (BLD) and founder of Breathology.


Book signing by:  Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi

 


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, ON BLACK LOVE DAY;


***Contact AAHA by email for consultation on your Black Love Relationship Ceremony or  ways to celebrate and demonstrate love wholistically: 

info@AficanAmericanHolidays.org  or call 202-667-2577

 

 ***Explanation Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohAXTFRqfM

 

 ***Black Love Song, Family Love Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzgDaioIYys

 

 ***Join in Dialogue for the new love movement for those age 50+:  www.facebook.com/SBBShow

***Send in your Black love suggestions, highlights of your days activities or love shout-outs to IloveBlackLoveDay.Facebook.com to share the love vibration for the healing of the planet.


 

NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE:  Contact:  Rashida Thomas, publicists for  Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi

Office: 202-667-2577 

Email:      info@AfricanAmericanHolidays.org 

Web:  www. AfricanAmericanHolidays.org


22nd Black Love Day, February 13, 2015 Demands More Action Around Theme, ”Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter –Time for Truth”


The 22nd Black Love Day 2015 national theme “Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter - Time for Truth” challenges Black communities to get “real” about Black self-love and Black on Black violence along with White communities to get “real” about anti-racism, directed  efforts to end White supremacy, racism and privilege.  Nationally, both communities are encouraged by Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of Black Love Day (BLD), Breathologist and founder/director of the African-American Holiday Association (AAHA), the non-profit organizational steward of BLD, to hold actions, like relationship ceremonies, atonement forums, conflict resolution workshops and violence prevention programs to create peaceful solutions.   At 12 Noon, Handy-Kendi is calling on a collective focus on “Love to heal ALL relationships, especially sending this vibration to police”. .

Black Love Day is the 3rd nationally commemorated African-American holiday (wholyday) observance of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black Love through 5 tenets (loving acts) - for The Creator, for Self, the Black Family, the Black Community, and the Black Race.  BLD also encourages Whites in the 24 hour period to "show love in action" towards Blacks by working on their own racial attitudes and behaviors..  The goals of this day are to increase peace, stop violence, end self-hatred/ racism, and offer a spiritual, African-centered, alternative to the commercialized, and sometimes violent, Valentine's Day.  Since 1993, the first BLD, Handy-Kendi, has shared with millions on radio, t.v. and in print, the BLD tenets and their higher love vibrations

In the local, D.C. Metropolitan area, the 22nd, official national, Black Love Relationship Ceremony will be held:  Fri, Feb. 13, 2015 at Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church, 1114 Sixth Street, N.W, W.D.C, 20001 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  ( 2 blocks from Mt. Vernon Square, Metro Yellow/Green Line).  This national ceremony is co-sponsored by Reverend Frederick Massey, pastor of Galbraith.  It is open to the public, offers music by Earth Love Tune-Up Crew, poetry, dance, the Ritual of Reconciliation to heal relationship pain and the 5 Black Love Tenets (loving acts).

Handy-Kendi underscores the importance of truthfully, demonstrating this BLD by taking the 2014 rallying call, “Black Lives Matter” to the next level.  “We moan the deaths of all Black people who died due to White police brutality.  But, we must be truthful about reinforcing Black love to replace Black self-hatred that spikes the statistics of Black on Black violence amongst ourselves, And yes, White allies must begin to atone for their privileged behavior which perpetuates White supremacy and racism so that real change is seen in the prevailing society as well as in the police.  BLD gives us all a chance to examine and confront ourselves on better relationships.  We have marched and protested, but we now must honestly admit that we have to take direct actions to change and grow.



To schedule Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi for an interview; to acquire “The Black Love Book”;  to host a Black Love Relationship Ceremony or "Ritual of Reconciliation"; to inquire about “Breath Conflict Resolution”,  please contact, Rashida Thomas, publicist, 202-667-2577, www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org or email:  info@AfricanAmericanHolidays.org %%#