As Black History Month is approaching, it is with great honor that we share black historical facts. Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Among prominent figures are Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire; George Washington Carver, who derived nearly 300 products from the peanut; Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and galvanized the civil rights movement; and Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Black History Month: The celebration of Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
As parents, it is our duty to ensure our kids fully understand their black culture and history.
Here are a few tips to get your kids involved:
- Teach them the meaning of “Black History“
- Read and share black history moments through books (ex. The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf)
- Teach them about Black icons (ex. Martin Luther King, Maya Angelo, The Obama’s)
- Do creative projects outlying important Black figures (ex. Muhammed Ali, Madam C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver)
- Get your move on, by learning influential dances from Black dancers (ex. Josephine Baker, Debbie Allen)
- Share a listening ear together from Black musical artists (ex. Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Ray Charles)
- Watch history together through historical movies like (ex. The Loving Story, Hidden Figures)
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Please comment below to share ideas that you and your family practice to teach your kids about their Black History!