February has been designated as the month in which we celebrate the achievements of black Americans throughout U.S. history, and the black lives that are making history today. But that doesn’t mean that black history shouldn’t be celebrated and honored the rest of the year. It is especially important for parents of all colors to teach their children about the struggles overcome and contributions made by black Americans. Here are some ways that parent can honor black history with their children all year.
Exposing children to balck role models can help them develop a sense of achievement. It can be anything from a sports figure to a politician or business leader of either gender. You can enjoy a movie that features a black role model or take them out to watch a game with the favored sports figure.
Children’s books are great way for children to learn more about the black experience. Although diversity remains an issue in children’s books, there are still some good options and the choices are increasing every day. Bring books into your home that feature black protagonists and are written by black authors. There are many great children’s books about black historical figures or books that deal with the daily lives of black children.
There are also many things you can do with your children in the community. Teaching children about events in black history and culture often involve locations that are far away and far removed so it is important for children to see how these events are celebrated locally. There are many local events and initiatives around black history and culture across the country.
Teaching children of all colors about black history gives them a better understanding of how far we’ve come and how much further we still must go. Make it a point to teach your children about black history all year round.