I’m a mom of two beautiful Black girls. I home school, so I’m working extra hard at making sure my girls understand the importance of this month. Lately, Black people haven’t always been shown in the most positive light by the media, and I hope that I can help my children see how many Black people have paved the way to a lot of things we have today.
Here’s a list of ways we choose to celebrate Black History in our home life:
- Books and the internet are great sources of information! There are some awesome books out there for children to learn about Black History. A current favorite in our house is Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. It’s over 80 pages of amazing Black women who have helped shape our world today: Oprah, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman and so many more! Another favorite here is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. There’s actually a huge selection of children’s books on Amazon perfect for Black History Month, or your local library probably has a section dedicated specifically to Black history right now. We also have flash cards of notable African-Americans that we use as a learning tool. They each have a picture of a person on one side, and their contribution to history is explained on the other side. The girls love to play with these and try to remember who each person was and what they did!
- Get out there and experience the culture first hand! There will be plays, dances, and programs celebrating to Black History Month all month long! Did you know we have America’s Black Holocaust Museum here in Milwaukee? This place is awesome and a great chance to learn more about African-American history, and their tours are a must-see. The Wisconsin Black Historical Society will also be hosting two different events this month, so head on over to their website to check it out!
- PBS has a great line up of shows this month that cover a large range of subjects as far as black history month. A story on what it means to be Black in America, A Maya Angelo story and many more shows lined up. You can find a full lineup of shows and specials here.
- Try a new soul food restaurant. A favorite of ours is Stella J’s in Milwaukee. Their chicken and waffles with a side of Kool-Aid is amazing! My all time favorite is Mr. Perkin’s Family Restaurant. It’s everything you’d imagine soul food to be, if not more!
Of course, learning about Black history doesn’t have to be confined to February only. The goal is to teach children about all history, all the time!