Jan 13 / Amanda Sant

Preparing for Black History Month

     February marks the start of Black History Month, a time to recognize and honor the many achievements, accomplishments, and contributions that African Americans have made to society.

     We have three ways that you can help your students learn about Black History Month throughout February to help your students understand and connect with African American history and heritage.

  1. Emphasize achievements from Black artists, politicians, scientists, and activists. From the world of politics to the arts, African Americans have made a lasting impact that has been felt around the world. From abolitionists like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth to modern-day activists like Colin Kaepernick, there are many inspiring stories to honor. We should also recognize the incredible contributions of African American musicians, athletes, business owners, educators, and more. We recommend checking out Vashti Harrison's books Little Leaders & Little Legends for a great overview of impactful men and women in black history.
  2. Recognize the hardship of slavery and modern racism. This month is also a time to reflect on the history of oppression and inequality that African Americans have faced in the United States. From slavery to Jim Crow laws, to segregation and beyond, African Americans have endured racism and violence for centuries. It is important that we learn from this history, and work together to create a more just and equitable society. Help students recognize biases with engaging activities. You can learn more about specific ways to talk about racism and bais in the BE course, "Understanding Diversity and Promotion of Inclusion in a Childcare Setting."
  3. Celebrate Black culture. Finally, Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize the beauty and strength of the African American community. From the richness of the culture to the power of the resilience, African Americans have an incredible capacity to persevere and thrive. Show students art, music, and stories from black creators and talk about the richness of what you see.

    Whatever you decide to do in your classroom, use this month to celebrate and honor African Americans – past and present – for their incredible contributions to our society.