In Celebration of Black History Month



Taking the time to formally celebrate black history has roots that go back to 1926, when Carter G. Woodson suggested a week to honor the black experience during February. It wasn’t until 1976 that this became an official month.


It’s important to note several things: Black History Month should not be the only time we honor black Americans. This work should be ongoing and pervasive. Black History Month can be a good time to specifically honor black folks, and to remind us of all the work that still needs to be done.


When it comes to children, it’s never too early to start learning. Studies have shown that young children form ideas and opinions about race much earlier than many people think. Read on to learn more.


Recenter

Our entire culture in the United States (and many other countries around the world) is centered on the white experience. From the books we read, to the history we learn, the media we consume, and pretty much every other aspect of our society, perspectives of white people dominate.


This structure is harmful for everyone.


An important step in moving forward as a society is to center the people who have been historically (and presently) discriminated against. There are many groups of people that fall within this category, but for the purposes of this article we will focus on the black perspective.


Want to learn more about what this means? Siraad Dirshe explains.


Read

As you probably know, we believe reading to children is one of the best ways to teach and learn together. You might consider visiting your local library this month to check out some books to read together. It’s likely there will be a display waiting for you of books celebrating black history and culture. Here