The Importance of Black History Month
Black History Month, established in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, began as a week-long celebration. It has since grown into a month-long observance, highlighting African Americans’ often-overlooked achievements and struggles. Acknowledging this month in our schools and communities is crucial to fostering an inclusive and informed environment. It reminds us that history is about past events and shapes our present and future.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
This Smithsonian Institution offers many digital resources, including virtual exhibits, educational materials, and historical overviews, ideal for classroom and remote learning.
- PBS LearningMedia’s Collection on African American History
PBS offers a comprehensive collection of documentaries, interviews, and lesson plans covering significant events and figures in Black history.
- Books and Literature
Encourage reading and discussion of works by African American authors. Suggested titles for various age groups include “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson for young readers and “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas for older students.
- Scholastic’s Black History Month Teaching Resources
Scholastic offers a free collection of nonfiction dedicated to significant figures and events in Black history. These resources are suitable for grades 1-2 and include stories like Misty Copeland’s journey from an aspiring dancer to a Black ballet star and Ayanna Najuma’s inspiring nonfiction story. The resources are designed to be engaging and educational, featuring videos, slideshows, and interactive elements suitable for young learners.
As we engage with these resources and learn more about the rich tapestry of Black history, we are reminded of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our education system and society. Black History Month is not just a time to celebrate the achievements and resilience of African Americans but also a call to continue our efforts in building a more equitable and just world.