If like us you would like to learn more about Black History Month, all it is meant to help us recognize, remember, learn from and all about those being recognized and celebrated, we have a few resources to share with you.
Knowledge and understanding not only empower today’s communities, they also helps us share with our children the tools they need to be the best citizens of tomorrow’s world, where awareness, compassion and tolerance can thrive.
Together with your kids you can learn more about Black History month :
At a local children’s museum
Either in person if the current sanitary conditions allow it, or through their online resources! Check out their schedule for the month of February, chances are you will find interesting lectures and activities for the whole family.
Read books together
Talking about racism and civil rights can be difficult. Here are ideas of books you can refer to:
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf (ages 3 and up)
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (ages 6 to 9)
50 Black Women Who Changed America by Amy Alexander (ages 12 and up)
Have a Black History Month party in your living room:
It’s an opportunity to sing along with or dance to Black artists’ music: Ray Charles, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Beyonce, …
Learn more about Black Icons your kids can relate to
Based on your kids’ interests, you can talk about Civil rights icons like Martin Luther King, Inventors like George Washington Carvis (your child probably loves peanut butter :)), authors like Maya Angelou, TV Anchors like Oprah, etc.
Here are more resources you can rely on:
The National Museum of African American History & CultureNational Archives (not designed for kids)