The African American Holiday Association



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

21st Year Theme: Self-Love to Transform Ourselves, to Transform the World


 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.


Black Love Day has been included in the Smithsonian Institute’s “Multi-Cultural Calendar, Black Seeds Calendar, The United Black Community Calendar, the African American Registry, and in many books and articles.  There are 1,810,000,000 Goggle entries on Black Love Day, as of Jan, 2014.


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,


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



·** 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”, 3rd 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

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 to share the love vibration for the healing of the planet.


The 21st Black Love Day, 2014 national theme is “Transform Self, to Transform the World”.




At 7 a.m, and 7 p.m. use the date of Feb. 13th and these times 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.






·        Mon, Feb, 10, from 7 – 8 p.m.  WPFW, 89.3 fm  on Brother Ah’s Show;


·  TTues, Feb. 11 from 7:30- 8:30 p.m.,  Inner Light Radio,,  “Heart2Heart” with Dr. K;


·        Wed, Feb 12 from 12 – 2 p.m., “Olivia Fox Show” on WLVS Radio, Listen Vision Studios;


·        Thurs, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Roland Martin’s, “News One Now”, on TV One, on Comcast, station 75;

11 11 – 12 Noon, SBBS, on Inner Light Radio, /broadcast "Topic:  Transform Yourself Thru Love" with Black Men Don't Cheat" Author, Marvin Dandy, and Ayo as Host;


FriFeb 14 at 7 p.m. Dr. Kokayi Patterson “Wholistic Academics 101 Show” on WEACT Radio, 1480 a.m. or 



Around the Local Area:

The 21st, official Black Love Relationship Ceremony will be held


Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church,

1114 Sixth Street, N.W, W.D.C, 20001

Thurs, Feb. 13, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  (2 blocks from Mt. Vernon Square, Metro Yellow/Green Line)



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.


Hear Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi speak on Sat, Feb. 15 from 2-4 at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum, 10th and Vermont Avenue, N.W.  “ The Loving Story” a movie about a 20th century interracial couple who defied the anti-race mixing laws of the South, will be followed by a lively discussion, led by the founder of Black Love Day with sales and book signing.  Free & Open to the Public, sponsored by Washington Historical Society.


De-stress and love yourself  with Laughter Yoga/ Breathology session, Sat, Feb. 15 from 7- 9 at the ECAC,  733 Euclid Street, N.W. (directly off Georgia Ave across from Howard University).  Book signing, DVD/CD/sales.  $10 donation, sponsored by ULM. 


***Contact AAHA by email for consultation on your Black Love Relationship Ceremony or  ways to celebrate and demonstrate love wholistically:  or call 202-667-2577


 ***Explanation Video:


 ***Black Love Song, Family Love Video:


 ***Join in Dialogue for the new love movement for those age 50+:

***Send in your Black love suggestions, highlights of your days activities or love shout-outs to 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 


Web:  www.


Astrologers and Metaphysicians are predicting that 2014 is a year of great transformation, and that the way to transform the world, is by individuals ascending themselves through self-love and deeper breathing for self-mastery.    In alignment, the 21st Black Love Day, 2014 national theme is “Transform Self, to Transform the World”.   Locally, the 21st, official Black Love Relationship Ceremony will be held:  Thurs, Feb. 13, 2014 at Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church, 1114 6th Street, N.W, W.D.C, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.  ( 2 blocks from Mt. Vernon Square, Metro Yellow/Green Line) with the Ritual of Reconciliation and the opportunity to demonstrate the 5 Tenets (loving acts) of Black Love, music, poetry and a message from Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of Black Love Day (BLD) and founder of Breathology.

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, for the Black Family, the Community and the Race.  Black Love Day also encourages Whites in the 24 hour period to "show love in action" towards Blacks by working on their own racial attitudes, behavior and reconciliation towards Black People.  The goals of this day are to increase peace, stop violence and end racism, along with offering a spiritual, African-centered, alternative to the commercialized, Valentine's Day

Explained Handy-Kendi, “Since 1993, the first BLD, we have observed what the Ancients understood, that every year has a specific vibration.  2014 speaks to a shift in the world order as we know it, with individuals transforming themselves by greater self-love and deeper breathing to gain self-mastery, which will help harness their activities spiritually to ascend the many challenges that must be transformed, to help the world shift.”  As founder/director of African American Holiday Association (AAHA), CEO, PositivEnergyWorks and founder of Breathology, Handy-Kendi has served the local, national and international community, by offering BLD as a higher vibration of love to ascend beyond violence, racism and self-hatred in Black and White communities. 

“This year in the Spring, we will be on the “3rd Power of the Breath Tour”, teaching and training on self-love and Breathology techniques”.  The tour will be a continuation of what, we do in the 24 hours of Black Love Day, loving ourselves, taking care of ourselves, and healing ourselves, through love, deeper breathing, and increased self mastery.  If for 24 hours, Blacks and Whites would return to love to heal all of their relationships such transformation would feel so good, that they might continue and ascend to a new level of peace, prosperity and unity, the rest of the year. 

As a frequent guest on radio, t.v. and in print, she has shared with millions, the tenets of BLD and the commemorative rituals.  To schedule Doctah Ayo Handy-Kendi for an interview or to host a Black Love Relationship Ceremony and "Ritual of Reconciliation"; or to inquire about “the Power of the Breath Tour 3”, please contact, Rashida Thomas, publicists for Ayo Handy-Kendi.  202-667-2577,  or email: ###