During Black History Month, we highlight the incredible contributions made by Black Americans throughout U.S. history. As you look for different ways to celebrate outside of the classroom, here are five activities you can do as a family that will expose your children to new experiences and deepen their knowledge on Black history and culture.
1. Attend In-person or Virtual Community Events.
Many businesses are offering free or affordable kid-friendly Black History Month educational activities. Check-in with your local public library, museum, and/or community center to view a list of all upcoming programming to attend.
2. Read Books About Black History and Culture.
Books are a great way to inspire kids and help stimulate their awareness of the world around them. This month, if possible, support a Black-owned bookstore and select books that celebrate the magic and power of being Black. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman; Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry; I Am Enough by Grace Byers; Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden; Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry; and Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o are just a few great examples to help you started!
3. Learn About Someone New.
Dedicate each day in February to learning a fact about someone new. Whether they’re widely known or an up-and-coming changemaker, take time to research and talk about Black historical figures and influencers and their achievements to society.
4. Create a Black History Month Music Playlist.
Did you know many genres of music we listen to today were shaped and influenced by Black artists and their experiences? Music is another fun way to engage kids of all ages. From Louis Armstrong and Aretha Franklin to Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, use a platform like Spotify to help you create the perfect playlist that will have you grooving throughout the month and all year around.
5. Watch a Movie or TV Series that Amplifies Black Stories
There are several movies and TV series that kids can watch that uplift the unique experiences and achievements of Black Americans. One example is Netflix’s, Bookmarks, hosted and executive produced by teen activist and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias. The short video series features notable Black celebrities reading children’s books that are written by Black authors. Each book featured in the series has a social justice education lens with themes focused on Identity, Respect, Justice and Action. Check out these five movies to watch during Black History Month.
Sarah Weatherby is a communications consultant with Sarah Weatherby Public Relations.