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by Amber Bowie February 04, 2023
Black History Month is the annual celebration of African-American history in the United States. For over 50 years, Black Americans have celebrated and honored black historians and activists who have made a difference. Although schools tend to teach the very 'watered down' version of Black American's history, it is up to us as parents to teach and share the truth. Celebrate Black History Month with children through crafts, arts, books, and more!
As a homeschooling, black mom - teaching Black American history has always been a priority in our education. My girls know and love learning all about Ruby Bridges and the segregation of schools. They know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and was killed because some people did not agree with said dream. They know Mae Jemison is the first black female astronaut to visit space. They have learned this and so much more through art, books, and museum trips!
Here's our favorite ways to celebrate and teach Black History to our children:
Books are such a great way to teach children about history. Some of our favorite books are:
As Philadelphia residents, we love to explore our local museums - especially the African American museums or those who have exhibits which honor and teach our history. Our favorite local museums are:
While these museums are local to Philadelphia, there are many museums around the country that celebrate black history. The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, The National Museum of African American History & Culture Museum in Washington, DC, and even the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Try a quick google search "African American Museum" and your city! Let us know in the comments which museums are near you!
Another great way to teach and celebrate Black History Month is through arts and crafts! We've created a set of coloring sheets highlighting prominent African Americans who have made a difference. Download the bundle, pull out some crayons, and connect with your kiddo(s)!
We also enjoy exploring interests of black leaders and activists!
The teachings of black history can start discussions that may be difficult to navigate. I have found children are very smart and understanding.
Download a free Black History Month Word Search + Key
There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month with children! Also look out for local events that highlight the history of African Americans. We plan on visiting local black owned businesses and our local library for a Black History Month celebration.
What other ways do you celebrate Black History Month with your kids?
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