Happy Black History Month!
First, I would like to say that I know who I am and whose I am. Do you? You should celebrate who you are 365 days a year and not just the 28/29 days in February. As a mother and educator, both Brittany and I see first hand the lack of black history taught to our children in public schools. As a child, when I was in school, it just so happen to be the same way. So I vowed to make a difference with my children and the children whose lives I impact daily.
I recently decided to purchase some new books for my children and me to read. I specifically chose black authors and books that included Black history. I wanted these books because I believe it is essential for our children to see the accomplishments of those people and authors who look like them. Even though, I think it is also important for them to learn about others who don't look like them. As young African American children, it is crucial for them to gain knowledge about the past and to hear stories about people who share the same ethnicity as them that were triumphant in making their mark in American history. While we all should know that black history is American history, we also know that typically black history is only taught during one month.
So consequently, teachers repetitively teach the same African American Heroes. But, if educators of all races would take the time to prepare and expound on black history, they will find that there is power in teaching ALL students about historical figures who have made vital contributions to our American history that are black.
Our students should be able to leave the classroom with empowerment in knowing that they can change the world no matter what color their skin is, and our children should take pride in being black because it is a beautiful thing. We are all God's children, and I want my children to know that what makes America one of the most distinguished countries is the fact that it is full of so many beautiful people who don't look alike and have contributed to its success. Therefore the lack of diversity is unacceptable! So my question to you is, what will we do to change the narrative? How can you inform your kids from home?... I plan on giving you a few tips, pointers, and titles of books that will help aid you in uplifting and educating your children from home.