Updated: Feb 1, 2022
Go beyond iconic figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman
It’s February, so you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate Black History Month!
Here are some things to keep in mind as you explore the rich contributions made by African Americans.
Black History Month is more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman. Consider reaching out to local heroes who have made a difference or continue to make a difference in the community.
Aim to be intentional and not just go through the motions. Instead of putting together a poorly-executed schoolwide Black history program, consider splitting your efforts into smaller chunks, increasing the odds of having a meaningful impact. For example, second-grade teachers can host a classroom door decoration contest, while kindergarten teachers can create a Black history month reading corner highlighting African-American characters.
Consider aiming for culture rather than people. Historic African American culture is more than individual iconic figures. You can host an African American lunch, create a presentation on Black fraternities, or discover the rich legacy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). There’s so much to explore.
Here are some California-oriented resources: