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

Black Love Day (BLD), Feb. 13th,  is the 3rd nationally, observed African-American Holiday (wholyday) 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 Black Race.  whites in the 24 hours, "show love in action" towards Blacks, work on their own racial attitudes and behaviors.  BLD is an alternative to the commercial Valentine's Day. 

BLD 2017 Theme:

 Love & Unity to End Oppression to Save Black Lives”

24tht Official Black Love

RELATIONSHIP CEREMONY

Local:  WE ACT RADIO STATION

 1918 Martin Luther King Ave. SE  Wash, DC 20020
Monday, February 13, 2017  6:30 - 9:30

Free & Open to the Public   Love donations appreciated

● Bring love & relationship pain to the Ritual of Reconciliation ●
● Demonstrate the 5 Tenets of Black Love ●
● Breath Visualization ● Music ●Poetry ● Black Love Book on Sale
● featuring, Sekou Ayo Handy-Kendi, Breathologist, founder of BLD
 
Global: 12 Noon Unity Thought Convergence on the Internet and wherever YOU are.(TBA on holidays, African American Holiday Association Home )


AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLIDAY ASSOCIATION (AAHA)                  
Perpetuates and preserves culture through traditional and non-traditional holidays, celebration & rituals
  202-667-2577       info@AfricanAmericanHolidays.org            www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org
Contact:  Rashida Thomas publicists
 
NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE: 
24th Black Love Day, 2017 Calls for Love and Unity to End Oppression to Save Black Lives
 
For Immediate Release:
 
The 24th Black Love Day, February 13, 2017 global theme calls for “Love and Unity to End Oppression to Save Black Lives” ” Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of Black Love Day (BLD), founder/director of the African-American Holiday Association (AAHA), the non-profit, steward of BLD and a Certified Breathologist, is calling on People of African Descent, spread around the globe, to use this year’s BLD to eradicate oppression which is at the root of policing excessive force and violence towards Blacks AND the not so “friendly fire”of homicide, violence and crime, within Black communities. 

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 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, to offer a spiritual, African-centered, alternative to the commercialized, and sometimes violent, Valentine's Day. . 

Since 1993 the first BLD, Handy-Kendi, has shared the BLD tenets and their higher love vibrations with millions on radio, t.v,  in print, on college campuses, with community organizations, and through her “Black Love Book”,  
Black Love Day, 2017 calls us together globally at 12 Noon to collectively affirm, visualize and pray for solutions, strategies and actions that will stop the oppression of Black people, in order to save their lives.  Handy-Kendi will host a “Thought Convergence” on the Internet.

In the local D.C. Metropolitan area, the 24th, official national, Black Love Relationship Ceremony, will be held at We Act Radio,  1918 Martin Luther King Ave. S.E, Wash, D.C 20020.  Monday, February 13, 2017 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  This free and open to the public event, will be the first BLD ceremony in S.E., an area where Black on Black homicide did an up-tike in 2016. 
 
In highlighting this year’s theme, Handy-Kendi expressed, “we mourn the violent deaths of all Black people at the hands of White police brutality and at the hands of another Black person.  We must stand vigelent in unity to stop all oppression – poverty, over-crowding, unemployment, underemployment, drugs,  gangs-and domestic violence   all symptoms of oppression which strains relationships. 

Now, despite the “law and order” cries of Donald Trump, my review of the Brennan Center for Justice, 2016 data indicates that crime overall is at historical lows, and not out of control.  Yet, in Chicago, Washington, D. C. and Baltimore, homicide within Black communities, did up-tike by about 3%.  We must create solutions to managing relationships before they become violent. 

To schedule Ayo Handy-Kendi for an interview; to acquire “The Black Love Book”;  to host a Black Love Relationship Ceremony or "Ritual of Reconciliation"; or to inquire about her “Breathology Racial Healing” or “Conflict Resolution”, please contact, Rashida Thomas, publicist, 202-667-2577, www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org or info@AfricanAmericanHolidays.org###
CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT   OR  60 SECOND PSA  
What would happen if around the Nation and the World, for 24 hours on Black Love Day, February 13, everyone in the Black community performed at least, 5 specific acts of love – towards the Creator, for Self, for Family, for the Community and for the Black Race, and at the same time, everyone in the White community put “love in action towards Blacks? 
 
This is what happens on Black Love Day Feb. 13, the 3rd nationally, observed African-American holiday (wholyday) of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black Love now celebrating its 24th year.  To increase peace, stop violence, end Black self-hatred and White supremacy/racism, Black Love Day encourages us to return to love to transform and heal all of our relationships.
 
Global Activity:  Stop at 12 NOON to affirm, visualize and pray on solutions, strategies and actions to  focus on this year’s theme:  “Love and Unity to End Oppression to Save Black Lives”. 
 
 Local Activity:  Attend the official 24th Black Love Relationship Ceremony, held  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at We Act Radio,  1918 Martin Luther King Ave. S.E, Wash, D.C 20020.  from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  This free and open to the public event,
 
Go to www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org  to learn how to celebrate Black Love Day, a more spiritual and less commercialized alternative to Valentine’s Day.   Or  call 202-667-2577, that’s 202-667-2577.  ###
 
MEDIA ALERT FOR BLACK LOVE RELATIONSHIP CEREMONY, PEACE & LOVE SUMMIT AND HEALING CIRCLE
 
WHAT is Black Love Day:  Black Love Day, Feb. 13th,  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 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  It has been commemorated since 1993, founded by Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder/director, African American Holiday Association (AAHA) , a Certified Breathologist/ Transformative Facilitator. 
 
GLOBAL ACTIVITY
Globally, stop at 12 NOON to affirm, visualize and pray on solutions, strategies and actions to  focus on this year’s theme:  “Love and Unity to End Oppression to Save Black Lives”.  Join in the “Thought Convergence” on the Internet.  Get location at www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org.
 
LOCAL ACTIVITY IN HONOR OF BLACK LOVE DAY:
Attend the official 23st Black Love Relationship Ceremony,  Locally in the D.M.V., attend the official 24th Black Love Relationship Ceremony, held  Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at We Act Radio,  1918 Martin Luther King Ave. S.E, Wash, D.C 20020.  from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  This free and open to the public event
Go to www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org  to learn how to celebrate Black Love Day   Or  call 202-667-2577, that’s 202-667-2577.  ###

SOME TRADITIONAL THINGS TO DO ON BLACK LOVE DAY:


·** It's NOT WHERE YOU GO for Black Love Day (BLD) - it is WHAT YOU DO to demonstrate (show) love on this day.  Demonstrate the 5 Tenets (acts of love) on BLD to transform on this wholyday, then practice these tenets everyday to maintain the higher vibration of love   Events and activities are held in honor of, to celebrate or to commemorate Black Love Day, so make the distinction. For example:  Black Love Day is not the Black Luv Festival or the Relationship Ceremony, both held in D.C..  Instead Black Love Day, Feb. 13th is commemorated for 24 hours, both locally, nationally and internationally.


*** 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, practicing the tenet of  Black Race love.  Avoid the usual Valentine’s candy, trinkets, stuffed animals, jewelry.  Consider buying healing products or food, inspirational, spiritual gift or hand-crafted gifts, made from the heart;

***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;


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

***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, are included.


$6.50 E-book:   $13 Hard copy + $5 tax and shipping


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)



***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.




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.


 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLIDAY ASSOCIATION (AAHA)                   

Perpetuates and preserves culture through traditional and non-traditional holidays, celebration & rituals

  202-667-2577       info@AfricanAmericanHolidays.org             www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org

Contact:  Rashida Thomas publicists

 

 

NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release:

Black Love Day, Feb. 13 Gives Stacey Dash a “White Day” But Not a White History Month

 

When “Clueless” actress Stacey Dash spoke to the”#Oscars So White issue of diversity with the suggestion that  Black History Month, BET or the Image awards only honored Black people, creating a double standard which could be remedied by a White People’s Month, instead of Black History Month, Ayo Handy-Kendi,  the founder of Black Love Day (BLD) February 13 and the founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA),  expressed her sense of insult in an “Open Letter to Ms Dash”.   In it, she expressed, “that Ms. Dash almost gets what she wants!   AAHA can’t offer a “White History Month, but yes, there is “a day for White people” –that comes as part of Black Love Day, Feb. 13th. For 23 years, BLD encourages White, in the 24 hour period on Feb. 13th, to "show love in action" towards Blacks and to work on their own racial attitudes and behaviors, which will reduce racism/White supremacy and privilege.

 

 Handy-Kendi furthered expressed that, “Ms. Dash comments on Black people needing to make up our minds over if we want segregation or integration showed her “clueless” knowledge over the history of racial relations in America.  Black people hoped that integration would provide equal access to the human rights and privileges that White people take for granted.  That did not totally happen, so, we tell our own story in Black History Month, because no one else will, while White people have a White History Month, every month!  .Telling our own story, does not segregate us. It enables us to integrate our love and pride of our cultural achievements into the American story”.

 

Black Love Day, founded in Black History Month,  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 Black Community, and the Black Race.  The goals of BLD for Blacks and Whites, is 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, Handy-Kendi, has shared the BLD tenets and their higher love vibrations world-wide with millions on radio, t.v,  in print, on college campuses, organizations, and through her “The Black Love Book”. 

BLD’s 2016 theme “Healing the Hurt/Sharing the Solutions to Racism and Prejudice” will expose the many working solutions to these  challenging issues which have spiked since President Obama’s election and racially charged police killings, creating further hurt and trauma in Black, White and diverse communities. In the climate of Stacey Dash’s comments, the theme is even more relevant.

 

To learn of the local/national Black Love activities, schedule Ayo Handy-Kendi for an interview;  to acquire “The Black Love Book or to inquire about her “Breathology Racial Healing” techniques, please contact, Rashida Thomas, publicist, 202-667-2577, www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org or info@AfricanAmericanHolidays.org ###

 

 

 

Calendar Announcement

What would happen if around the Nation and the World, for 24 hours on Black Love Day, February 13, everyone in the Black community performed at least, 5 specific acts of love – towards the Creator, for Self, for Family, for the Community and for the Black Race, and at the same time, everyone in the White community put “love in action towards Blacks? 

 

This is what happens on Black Love Day Feb. 13, the 3rd nationally, observed African-American holiday (wholyday) of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black Love now celebrating its 23rd year.  To increase peace, stop violence, end Black self-hatred and White supremacy/racism, Black Love Day encourages us to return to love to transform and heal all of our relationships.

 

Nationally/World-wide, Stop at 12 NOON to meditate and visualize a positive focus on this year’s theme:  “Healing the Hurt/Sharing the Solutions to Racism & Prejudice”. 

 

Locally in the D.M.V., attend Sat/ Sun, Feb. 13 / 14, the 23rd Official Black Love Relationship Ceremony, Peace & Love Summit & Healing Circle.   This  local Mini-Conference in honor of the international, Black Love Day-Feb 13,  will feature30 diverse Peace Makers, Healers, Spiritual Leaders,  Musicians, Poets and Videos, healing the hurt and sharing  the solutions to racism, intra-racial prejudice, violence , trauma and healthy relationships.   Free and Open to the Public at Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church, 1114 Sixth  Street, N.W., Wash., D. C. 20001.   Sponsored by The African American Holiday Association (AAHA) and Galbraith.  For info:   www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org or call  , Ayo Handy-Kendi  202-667-2577

 

Go to www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org  to learn how to celebrate Black Love Day, a more spiritual and less commercialized alternative to Valentine’s Day.   Or  call 202-667-2577, that’s 202-667-2577

Local PSA - 60 seconds

Sat/ Sun, Feb. 13 / 14, The African American Holiday Association (AAHA) hosts the 23rd Official Black Love Relationship Ceremony, Peace & Love Summit & Healing Circle.   This  local Mini-Conference in honor of the international, Black Love Day-Feb 13,  will feature30 diverse Peace Makers, Healers, Spiritual Leaders,  Musicians, Poets and Videos, healing the hurt and sharing  the solutions to racism, intra-racial prejudice, violence , trauma and healthy relationships.   Free and Open to the Public at Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church, 1114 Sixth  Street, N.W., Wash., D. C. 20001.   Info at:   www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org or call  , Ayo Handy-Kendi  202-667-2577