Things To Teach Kids About the Black History

Things To Teach Kids About the Black History

The year 2020 has been important for many reasons, but one major reason being that the Americans began having important conversations about race in the country. It is crucial that the work that is being done to have a more fair, just, and impartial future be supported.

Telling young students about the lives of the marginalized groups is important for them to develop compassion, inclusivity, and understanding towards them.

February is called the black history month, it is the day the African-American achievements, history, and importance is celebrated throughout the United States of America and Canada. Black history month is a great opportunity for teachers in schools to come up with various ways to teach their students about black history and their culture.

Following are some useful resources and ways kids can be taught about black history, not just during that one month but all year long as well:

  1. Books about black history:

At the time of black history month, a lot is done to talk about and spread awareness about black history and culture, but it is important to make it part of the students’ daily learnings,all year long. Danielle Slaughter of Mamademics said “Black history is American history’. Therefore it is important to expose the kids to stories and information about black people who brought about change, all year long. We need to do this to bring about our change makers who are justice driven with good values.

Some books that can be read to kids regarding this are:

  1. Oprah: The Little Speaker- Carole Boston Weatherford:

In this book, Carole talks about Oprah Winfrey’s childhood. We read about a little girl who lived on a Mississippi pig farm but grew up to be the “queen of talk”. The book tells us about how Oprah had an incredible talent that led her to host a talk show called the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is today the director of a media empire that includes her show The Oprah Winfrey Show, a book club, radio shows, and O magazine.

  1. He’s Got the Whole World In His Hand- Kadir Nelson:

Kadir Nelson with his beautiful illustrations brings life to this book. His inspiration was the message in this song. It is an amazing book to read with the little ones and to teach them about the greatness of living and engaging with the people of this world, it will also inspire them to understand the interrelationship among all humans.

  1. Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present -Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins:

This book presents us with 52 black heroes from the past and the present. It was written to inspire and encourage the change-makers of the future.

  1. Black Women in Science- Kimberly Brown Pellum:

This book consists of 15 stories that talk about courageous female scientists. These scientists are women who have excelled in STEM fields and each having built a legacy of their own. These stories will not only inspire but also encourage the kids to dream big, to achieve big.

2. Teach children about black history:

Just as great as it is to see schools and other educational institutions talking about black history during Black History month they need to keep this learning to keep going all year long. Teachers work very hard to diversify what they teach and try to be as inclusive and open as they can while teaching children but parents’ contribution by making the time and talking to them about black history and culture can have a great impact.

Here are some ways to teach children about black history all year long amongst all other things that they are taught:

  1. Don’t wait until black history month:

Don’t wait until black history month to teach your child about the works and lives of black people. Try not to put off talking to them about it over and over again because the longer it is put off the harder it will get to talk to and teach your child about their culture and life.

  1. Educate yourself:

Parents must educate themselves on the topic, the more knowledge you have about their history the easier it will be to teach them.

Parents can gain knowledge about black history by reading autobiographies or watching documentaries about black men and women and the contributions they have made. Make learning about them a priority for yourself only then will the children make it a priority too.

  1. Try to incorporate black history movies during family movie nights:

Children often gain more knowledge faster when shown something than when they have to listen to or hear something. So, parents when picking out a movie to watch with their kids could pick a movie that talks about or represents black history and culture.

  1. Learning on family vacations:

Most often when we visit new places with our families, we make it a point to visit historically important spots in those places. Parents can try to add museums, parks, and so on that are relevant to black history to their itineraries during their vacations. By doing this not only do the children get to see the culture first hand but so do the parents, this will bring about curiosity and inspiration to know more and do more.

3. Do not be afraid to talk about bias and stereotypes:

Most times parents and teachers avoid talking to young children about race, class, and injustice because it can be hard, but it is the best time to begin these conversations. It is said to be the best time because it is at this young age that children are naturally bias-free and are curious about anything and everything. Talking to them about these controversial things at this age and making them understand that asking questions about differences that they may observe in people is fine will help them remain bias-free, non-judgmental, and inclusive even when they grow up.

4. Helping kids embrace their identity:

Martin Luther King always spoke about treating people the same despite the color of their skin. Children should be informed about race and difference because when a child is informed of them it makes them more inclusive and it makes them stand up to anyone who thinks otherwise. Children should also be allowed to talk about diversity and how being in a country filled with different kinds of people is good and not bad.

The children of America deserve to know the truth about their country. The past cannot be rewritten or changed but we have been presented with an opportunity and it is the current generation’s responsibility to make use of the opportunity and give the world a future filled with empathetic, inclusive, impartial, and fair individuals.

Telling young students about the lives of the marginalized groups is important for them to develop compassion, inclusivity, and understanding towards them.

February is called the black history month, it is the day the African-American achievements, history, and importance is celebrated throughout the United States of America and Canada. Black history month is a great opportunity for teachers in schools to come up with various ways to teach their students about black history and their culture.

Following are some useful resources and ways kids can be taught about black history, not just during that one month but all year long as well:

  1. Books about black history:

At the time of black history month, a lot is done to talk about and spread awareness about black history and culture, but it is important to make it part of the students’ daily learnings,all year long. Danielle Slaughter of Mamademics said “Black history is American history’. Therefore it is important to expose the kids to stories and information about black people who brought about change, all year long. We need to do this to bring about our change makers who are justice driven with good values.

Some books that can be read to kids regarding this are:

  1. Oprah: The Little Speaker- Carole Boston Weatherford:

In this book, Carole talks about Oprah Winfrey’s childhood. We read about a little girl who lived on a Mississippi pig farm but grew up to be the “queen of talk”. The book tells us about how Oprah had an incredible talent that led her to host a talk show called the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is today the director of a media empire that includes her show The Oprah Winfrey Show, a book club, radio shows, and O magazine.

  1. He’s Got the Whole World In His Hand- Kadir Nelson:

Kadir Nelson with his beautiful illustrations brings life to this book. His inspiration was the message in this song. It is an amazing book to read with the little ones and to teach them about the greatness of living and engaging with the people of this world, it will also inspire them to understand the interrelationship among all humans.

  1. Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present -Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins:

This book presents us with 52 black heroes from the past and the present. It was written to inspire and encourage the change-makers of the future.

  1. Black Women in Science- Kimberly Brown Pellum:

This book consists of 15 stories that talk about courageous female scientists. These scientists are women who have excelled in STEM fields and each having built a legacy of their own. These stories will not only inspire but also encourage the kids to dream big, to achieve big.

2. Teach children about black history:

Just as great as it is to see schools and other educational institutions talking about black history during Black History month they need to keep this learning to keep going all year long. Teachers work very hard to diversify what they teach and try to be as inclusive and open as they can while teaching children but parents’ contribution by making the time and talking to them about black history and culture can have a great impact.

Here are some ways to teach children about black history all year long amongst all other things that they are taught:

  1. Don’t wait until black history month:

Don’t wait until black history month to teach your child about the works and lives of black people. Try not to put off talking to them about it over and over again because the longer it is put off the harder it will get to talk to and teach your child about their culture and life.

  1. Educate yourself:

Parents must educate themselves on the topic, the more knowledge you have about their history the easier it will be to teach them.

Parents can gain knowledge about black history by reading autobiographies or watching documentaries about black men and women and the contributions they have made. Make learning about them a priority for yourself only then will the children make it a priority too.

  1. Try to incorporate black history movies during family movie nights:

Children often gain more knowledge faster when shown something than when they have to listen to or hear something. So, parents when picking out a movie to watch with their kids could pick a movie that talks about or represents black history and culture.

  1. Learning on family vacations:

Most often when we visit new places with our families, we make it a point to visit historically important spots in those places. Parents can try to add museums, parks, and so on that are relevant to black history to their itineraries during their vacations. By doing this not only do the children get to see the culture first hand but so do the parents, this will bring about curiosity and inspiration to know more and do more.

3. Do not be afraid to talk about bias and stereotypes:

Most times parents and teachers avoid talking to young children about race, class, and injustice because it can be hard, but it is the best time to begin these conversations. It is said to be the best time because it is at this young age that children are naturally bias-free and are curious about anything and everything. Talking to them about these controversial things at this age and making them understand that asking questions about differences that they may observe in people is fine will help them remain bias-free, non-judgmental, and inclusive even when they grow up.

4. Helping kids embrace their identity:

Martin Luther King always spoke about treating people the same despite the color of their skin. Children should be informed about race and difference because when a child is informed of them it makes them more inclusive and it makes them stand up to anyone who thinks otherwise. Children should also be allowed to talk about diversity and how being in a country filled with different kinds of people is good and not bad.

The children of America deserve to know the truth about their country. The past cannot be rewritten or changed but we have been presented with an opportunity and it is the current generation’s responsibility to make use of the opportunity and give the world a future filled with empathetic, inclusive, impartial, and fair individuals.

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