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February is Black History Month!
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
Black History Month is a chance for Americans to learn details of our nation’s history that, unfortunately, are far too often neglected and pushed to the wayside. As the saying goes, Black history IS American history — and it’s a varied and rich history.
A wise nation honors and learns from its past. It refuses to let the most important facts about our shared and collective memory disappear into the depths of forgotten history. What happened in the past shapes and informs where we are heading in the future, and it’s of paramount importance to set aside a month for learning as much as we can about Black history. Here’s some ways you and your kids can learn more about Black history.
Black History Month - Black Scientists and Inventors (Animated)
Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A. by Arlisha Norwood
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison and Kwesi Johnson
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) by Vashti Harrison
A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country by Jabari Asim and Lynn Gaines
100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) by Chrisanne Beckner