Black History Month (February) is an opportunity to celebrate Black people's accomplishments and leadership, learn and reframe history with accurate facts and a variety of perspectives, and celebrate the richness that Black people contributed (and continue to contribute) to the nation.
This yearly observance started in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson wrote that appreciating a people's history is the first step to equality. He wrote, “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world.” Over time, this became official federal policy as one step towards promoting equality.
This online resource gives activities, lesson plans, book resources and interactive histories that could be used at all grade levels and content areas. In addition, this online resource focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, also provides a range of supports for classroom teachers.
Black History is part of American History. While there is a focus on Black History in February, this content should not be confined to February, and it should be incorporated throughout our academic programming.
As your school implements any of the instruction in the resources above, strong family engagement and relationship building, especially with African American families is critical.
One way to foster a relationship with African American families is by recognizing National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID), which is Monday, February 11, 2019. This is an opportunity to have an intentional day (and beyond) of family engagement for your African/African American families across your school’s programming, and within any instruction focused on Black History Month. Potential activities include:
- Community members greeting students as they arrive to school
- Morning/evening parent coffee hour
- Assembly that celebrates African/African American history, achievements, and/or students
- Parent classroom visits and opportunities to engage in instruction related to Black History Month etc.
- Sharing and sign-up opportunities for parents/families to be involved
- Evening celebration/potluck/parent networking
Resources for NAAPID:
- National African American Parent Involvement Day
- Celebrate African American Parent Involvement Day
- Kenwood PTA - Example of National African American Parent Involvement Day
- Saint Paul Public Schools - Example of National African American Parent Involvement Day
- Hundreds Of Black Men Show Their Support For Students In Seattle
For support around integrating instructional content with Social Studies, please reach out to Lexi Samorano.
For support with implementing family engagement strategies, please reach out to Kisa Hendrickson.
Are you planning a special project, assignment or presentation about Black History Month? We want to hear about it!
Are you planning a special project, assignment or presentation about Black History Month? We want to hear about it! We would like to highlight your work during Black History Month in February. Tell us about your work by emailing the communications team at email@example.com.