The problem with Black History Month is that only a portion of Americans think that it applies to them. That’s incorrect. Black History Month is the history of African Americans in the United States – that part of history is the history of all Americans. Though we may not have lived during slavery or even the Civil Rights movement, those events in history have made our society what it is today. It is my history, your history, the world’s history. Though you may not be of African American heritage, that does not mean that African American history is still not a part of your identity as an American.
We should all celebrate Black History Month and remember the great black leaders and events of our country. The best way to do that as a parent? Share America’s African American history with your children, because that history is their history.
Though some schools or teachers have a few activities about Black History Month planned, there are wonderful ways as a parent that you can introduce African American history to your children in ways that they will enjoy, respond to, and remember.
How many times do your children watch movies or cartoons in the car, on an iPad, waiting in line at the doctor’s office, or before they go to bed? What if there were engaging cartoons or videos for your children that also imparted aspects of African American history? There are! Even if you don’t show all of these videos to your children all year long, showing your children some of these during Black History Month will reinforce what children may already be learning at school.
Here’s a few of our favorites.
African American Leaders
This video shows Harriet Tubman’s story like a full cartoon.
One YouTube channel has 25 videos about Black History Month, many of them sharing the stories of famous African American leaders.
Click here to check out the other videos in this series.
Global Wonders has some wonderful short clips for Black History Month. The company focuses on teaching children about other cultures and history. These might be your children’s favorites as it features cute cartoon children learning about history and different cultures.
Kids Reenact Black Leaders
What makes this video so great is that it has children talking about Black history leaders. Your children will be able to relate to these children on screen and learn a bit about Black History Month. (We also love the children’s cute voice overs of major Civil Rights’ events!)
Books are wonderful ways to introduce your children to Black History Month! Take a trip to your local library and check out a few of these or ask the librarians for some suggestions. We especially love the recently published book about the Loving family who fought for interracial marriage!
(This one was one of my favorites as a young girl!)
Play a Game
Did you know that there are African American history games online? PBS Kids, African American World has one! Check it out and see how much fun your kids can have learning about history. National Geographic also has an interactive game that allows kids and teens to go on the Underground Railroad as if they were a slave running to freedom.
Go to a museum
Many museums will have exhibits in honor of Black History Month. Better yet, there are a ton of museums that are all about African American history. What’s more fun than a trip to the museum with the entire family where your children can also learn so much about their American history? Here’s a list of museums all across the U.S. that are devoted to African American history. However, rest assured that you probably live near a museum that will have a special exhibit during this month that you can take your children to.
|A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum||Chicago||Illinois||1995|||
|African American Civil War Memorial Museum||Washington||D.C.||1999|||
|African American Firefighter Museum||Los Angeles||California||1997|||
|African American Multicultural Museum||Scottsdale||Arizona||2005|||
|African American Museum||Dallas||Texas||1974|||
|African American Museum and Library at Oakland||Oakland||California||1994|||
|African American Museum in Cleveland, The||Cleveland||Ohio||1956|||
|African American Museum in Philadelphia||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||1976|||
|African American Museum of Iowa||Cedar Rapids||Iowa||2003|||
|African American Museum of Nassau County||Hempstead||New York||1970|||
|African American Museum of the Arts||DeLand||Florida||1994|||
|Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum||Jersey City||New Jersey||1984|||
|Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and Museum||Huntsville||Alabama||1990|||
|Alexandria Black History Museum||Alexandria||Virginia||1987|||
|America’s Black Holocaust Museum||Milwaukee||Wisconsin||1988|||
|Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum||Lynchburg||Virginia||1977|||
|Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum||Baltimore||Maryland||1995|||
|August Wilson Center for African American Culture||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||2006|||
|Baton Rouge African American Museum||Baton Rouge||Louisiana||2001|||
|Birmingham Civil Rights Institute||Birmingham||Alabama||1992|||
|Black American West Museum & Heritage Center||Denver, Colorado||Colorado||1971|||
|Black History 101 Mobile Museum||Detroit||Michigan||1995|||
|Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia||Richmond||Virginia||1988|||
|Bontemps African American Museum||Alexandria||Louisiana||1988|||
|Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site||Topeka||Kansas||2004|||
|Buffalo Soldiers National Museum||Houston||Texas||2000|||
|California African American Museum||Los Angeles||California||1981|||
|Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History||Detroit||Michigan||1965|||
|Clemson Area African American Museum||Clemson||South Carolina||2010|||
|Creole Heritage Folk Life Center||Opelousas||Louisiana||1970s (early)|||
|Delta Cultural Center||Helena||Arkansas||1991|||
|Dorchester Academy and Museum||Midway||Georgia||2004|||
|Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum||St. Petersburg||Florida||2006|||
|DuSable Museum of African American History||Chicago||Illinois||1960|||
|Frederick Douglass National Historic Site||Washington||D.C.||1962|||
|George Washington Carver Museum, The||Tuskegee||Alabama||1941|||
|George Washington Carver Museum||Phoenix||Arizona||1980|||
|George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center||Austin||Texas||1980|||
|Great Blacks in Wax Museum||Baltimore||Maryland||1983|||
|Great Plains Black History Museum||Omaha||Nebraska||1975|||
|Harvey B. Gantt Center||Charlotte||North Carolina||1974|||
|Idaho Black History Museum||Boise||Idaho||1995|||
|International African American Museum||Charleston||South Carolina||2019 (anticipated)|||
|International Civil Rights Center and Museum||Greensboro||North Carolina||2010|||
|Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum at Lexington History Center||Lexington||Kentucky||2002|||
|John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center||Hartford||Connecticut||1991|||
|John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture||Tallahassee||Florida||1996|||
|Kansas African-American Museum||Wichita||Kansas||1997|||
|L.E. Coleman African-American Museum||Halifax County, Virginia||Virginia||2005|||
|Legacy Museum of African American History||Lynchburg||Virginia||2000|||
|Louisiana African American Heritage Trail||Various locations||Louisiana||2008|||
|Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site Visitors Center||Atlanta||Georgia||1996|||
|Mary McLeod Bethune Home||Daytona Beach||Florida||1956|||
|Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site||Washington||D.C.||1979|||
|Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum||Culver City||California||2010|||
|Mississippi Civil Rights Museum||Jackson||Mississippi||2017|||
|Mosaic Templars Cultural Center||Little Rock||Arkansas||2008|||
|Muhammad Ali Center||Louisville||Kentucky||2005|||
|Museum of African American History & Abiel Smith School||Boston||Massachusetts||1964|||
|Museum of the African Diaspora||San Francisco||California||2005|||
|National African American Archives and Museum||Mobile||Alabama||1992|
|National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center||Wilberforce||Ohio||1987|||
|National Center for Civil and Human Rights||Atlanta||Georgia||2014|||
|National Center of Afro-American Artists||Roxbury||Massachusetts||1969|||
|National Civil Rights Museum||Memphis||Tennessee||1991|||
|National Museum of African American History and Culture||Washington||D.C.||2015|||
|National Museum of African American Music||Nashville||Tennessee||2013|||
|National Underground Railroad Freedom Center||Cincinnati||Ohio||2004|||
|National Voting Rights Museum||Selma||Alabama||1991|
|Negro Leagues Baseball Museum||Kansas City||Missouri||1990|||
|New Orleans African American Museum||New Orleans||Louisiana||1988|||
|Nicodemus National Historic Site||Nicodemus||Kansas||1996|||
|Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum||Monroe||Louisiana||1994|||
|Northwest African American Museum||Seattle||Washington||2008|||
|Old Dillard Museum||Fort Lauderdale||Florida||1995|||
|Oran Z’s Black Facts and Wax Museum||Los Angeles||California||2000|||
|Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art||Newark||Delaware||2004|||
|Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture||Baltimore||Maryland||2005|||
|River Road African American Museum||Donaldsonville||Louisiana||1994|||
|Slave Mart Museum||Charleston||South Carolina||1938|||
|Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center||Jackson||Mississippi||1984|||
|St. Rita’s Black History Museum||New Smyrna Beach||Florida||1999|
|Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum||Tallahassee||Florida||1976|||
|Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum||Hammond||Louisiana||2005|||
|Tubman African American Museum||Macon||Georgia||1981|||
|Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site||Tuskegee||Alabama||2008|||
|Weeksville Heritage Center||Brooklyn||New York||2005|||
|Wells’ Built Museum||Orlando||Florida||2009|
|Whitney Plantation||St. John the Baptist Parish||Louisiana||2014|||
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