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February is Black History Month in the United States and 2020 is the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave African-American men — however not ladies of any race — the right to vote.

This year is additionally a continuation of 2019’s “Year of Return,” which denoted the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to be shipped out of Africa to Jamestown, Virginia. West African nations keep on urging African-Americans to go “home” and reconnect with their diasporic origins.

In general, however, there’s a stereotype that “black people don’t travel,” perpetuated by an absence of diversity in the travel industry. Indeed, even without activities catered specifically to African-Americans, black travelers spent $63 billion on travel in 2018 alone.

“If you look at major campaigns or advertisements for travel — especially luxury travel — you don’t see brown faces,” Marissa Wilson, general manager of Travel Noire, told CNN.

Be that as it may, over the past couple of years, black travel clubs and networks have multiplied. Leading the charge are influencers who are using social media to encourage and enable individuals who appear as though them to travel.

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