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5 Ways for Families to Celebrate Black History Month!

Celebrate Black History Month with your family by exploring our round-up of resources, educational tools, activities, books, and events designed for families with young children. Honor the contributions and icons within Black history while you explore the theme for 2022 on the importance of Black Health and Wellness.

1) The National Museum of African American History and Culture!

NMAAHC Kids Joyful Fridays: Maya Angelou

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Explore their roster of virtual events designed for children ages 4 and up with FREE registration, an easy guide for supplies, and event themes that spark creativity and connection.

Friday, February 11th 11:00-12:00pm Joyful Fridays: Maya Angelou Designed for children ages 4 and up SIGN-UP HERE

Maya Angelou showed us that kindness and expressing gratitude are important parts of our everyday wellness! Learn more about this inspiring poet and create a rainbow collage craft as a reminder to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” during this special Black History Month children’s program.

2) Research and coloring project from Here Wee Read!

Child coloring with crayons!

Here Wee Read is a must-follow account for diverse and inclusive books, kid-friendly products, and family experiences from Charnaie Gordon. This coloring printable features an array of influential Black/Afro-Latino/a celebrities, athletes, politicians, artists, and activists. Each day during the month of February (or any time of the year), color in a person or an object until the whole poster is complete.

The idea is to either read a book, do research, or work on a craft project about each person featured in the list. By the end of the challenge, you should be more familiar with each person and their achievements. Learn more here.

3) The Conscious Kid's list of Black History Books by Black authors.

Black History Books by Black authors from The Conscious Kid!

The Conscious Kid is an education, research, and policy organization that supports families and educators in taking action to disrupt racism, inequity, and bias. Diversify your bookshelf with recommendations curated by The Conscious Kid in honor of Black History Month.

4) The King Center's virtual Students With King Reading Corner!

Opal Lee Book Cover

The Students With King Reading Corner is a youth initiative designed to support reading literacy in schools. One of the primary goals of the Reading Corner is to share quality subject-related readings that expose students to authors and books that directly or indirectly cover social justice issues and/or concepts related to the Beloved Community. The Reading Corner supports Social Emotional Learning Objectives for elementary (K-5) schools. Register for upcoming events here.

5) Interactive Coloring Book from The UWish Company, only on Hellosaurus!

Bessie Coleman Interactive Story on Hellosaurus!

The UWish Company is a multimedia content company that promotes and celebrates diversity by creating content, products, and experiences for a modern multicultural landscape. Experience a collection of interactive adventures where kids learn about Black icons through coloring pages brought to life with Hellosaurus. Learn about Bessie Coleman and Ernie Barnes today by starting your free trial with Hellosaurus.

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