It seems that each year, schools are doing less and less to celebrate Black History Month. Honestly, there is not much room in the school year to teach outside of the curriculum. Therefore, children are limited to the traditional black history leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman. There are so many more iconic leaders in history. Those who are not in our children’s social studies curriculum. Leaders such as:
Cynthia McKinney: first black woman to represent the state in the US House of Representatives in 1992
Hattie McDaniel: first black actress to win an Oscar for “Gone with the Wind”
Sarah Breedlove: as known as Madam C.J. Walker, an entrepreneur in the hair industry. She invented and sold hair products.
Phillis Wheatley: first black person to have her poetry published
There are countless individuals that have made an impact on the world.
It is up to us, as parents, as caregivers, as educators, to take the time to teach young ones about history. Doing this may inspire and spark the creativity in our own children. We may be parents of the next …. who knows, the sky is the limit.
I know it is last minute, but I am the Last Minute Momma, there is a Black History Program today. Below is a flyer.