Bookish Hashtags for Black History Month

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Happy Black History Month! There are a few bookish Black history hashtags happening that are too wonderful not to share.

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First up, Black Girls Create (@weblackandnerds) is hosting the #BlackWizardHistory challenge. Yes, the Harry Potter fandom is LIT in February!

One of my favorites happening again this month is #28DaysOfBlackCosplay, where we highlight Black cosplayers and all their talent. If you’re not Black, here are some tips:

Make sure you follow the hashtag, because there are some fantastic cosplays such as:

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay happens on Instagram as well:

Another hashtag on Instagram is #OnceYouGoBlackout, hosted by a number of Black bookstagrammers:


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Happy February & Black History Month to all! Join Traci (@thestackspod), Renée (@book_girl_magic), Leah (@exlibrislls), Marlowe (@lowelowexxoo), Jaime (@absorbedinpages), Anna (@never_withouta_book), & I throughout the month February. Each day one of us will serve as a “host” of the challenge: Fridays – Marlowe Saturdays – Jaime Sundays – Traci Mondays – Me Tuesdays – Leah Wednesdays – Renée Thursdays – Anna We also have 5 days that will serve essentially as a photo challenge. Below are the days where you post a book that fits a specific prompt: February 5th = Backlist February 10th = Nonfiction February 15th = Fantasy/(Afro)Futurism February 20th = Film/TV Adaptation February 25th = Short Stories/Essays You can use these days as markers for your TBR, days to post books that you plan to read, days to post books youread many moons ago, either way we just want nice photos of books written by Black folks that fall in those categories. Feel free to reach out to me if any of you have any questions about the challenge. I’m more than happy to help. #OnceYouGoBlackout #BlackMenRead #Books #Booksta #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #BlackBookstagrammer #BlackBookstagram #BlackBooksta #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #Blerd #Bibliophile #Bookaholic #BookNerd #BuddyReadBrigade #Knowledge #Learning #Reading

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One last hashtag to know is #ReadingBlackout, for those of us who plan on reading Black authors all month long. Share your reads and inspire others!