February is African American History month. It is a time when we pay tribute to generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to secure equal opportunities in America. It is a time when we recognize that although we are all different, we are really all similar, too. There are many ways to celebrate with your family.
• Visit local museums. It’s likely that February’s premier exhibits will focus on the work of African American creators.
• Sit back, relax and listen to some good, classic jazz. Or go to a jazz concert. Enjoy African American music from the past from Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Ethel Waters, and Langston Hughes.
• Read a book together or watch a movie about the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball.
• Join the celebration. Visit cities and towns that enjoy festive cultural celebrations during this month.
• Talk to your kids about diversity and racism. Ask them if they see it in their school and how they feel about it. What can they do to fight it?
• Study your own family’s history and help them see that we all come from another country and culture.
• Head to the library to check out a few books about African American adventures or biographies.
- For younger children, make an “I have a Dream Mobile” and chat with them about Martin Luther King Jr. https://pin.it/szpuj6krwovflt