- Black History Month: what is it?
- Why is Black History Month important?
- How can I learn more about Black History Month?
- Frequently asked questions about Black History Month?
While Black History Month is an integral part of world history, it is not a commonly covered topic in classrooms. However, getting excited about history and learning about Black History is essential as we can learn a lot from people who fought through some of the most challenging situations imaginable. 💪
This article will talk about Black History Month, its importance and how you can learn more about it.
What is Black History Month?
In the UK, Black History Month has been celebrated in October ever since 1987. Black History Month is seen as a 28-day recognition of the endeavours and achievements of all Black people, especially African Americans.
The purpose of Black History Month is to remember and applaud how Black Americans have overcome challenges and struggles. By learning more about Black History, we can engage with events of the past that will help us shape the future.
Why is Black History Month important? 🤔
As Lonnie G. Bunch III said at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016, "There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honouring our struggle and ancestors by remembering."
Black History Month is important because the month-long celebrations enable us to reimagine the future. The celebration is seen as an opportunity to go beyond discussions about struggles of slavery and get inspired by the achievements of Black leaders.
How can I learn more about Black History Month?
- Learn through art 🎨 - You can get creative and learn with art. For instance, you can create a collage of black leaders using cutouts from different magazines, books, or the internet. You can challenge yourself to learn more about each leader and their contributions.
- Stir it up 👦🍳 - Research and cook a meal that is commonly relished by people living in predominantly black countries such as Nigeria, Jamaica, etc. Ask a family member or a friend to help you prepare the food and discuss the history of different dishes together.
- Read a book 📚 - Find and read a book that celebrates Black history. Some of the best books for younger people that talk about Black history are:
- A Child’s Introduction to African American History by Jabari Asim
- Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
- Watch a show 📺 - Spending time watching a series online celebrating Black culture can be a good way to spend Black History Month.
- Have a family movie night - Just like books and shows, movies can be an excellent way to learn about Black History. It would be best if you considered watching a movie about Black History that has a black protagonist. After you’ve watched the movie, discuss it with your family.
- Visit a museum - If there’s a museum near you that celebrates black history, you should consider visiting it. Thanks to the internet, you can even visit museums such as The National Museum of African American History & Culture online.
- Attend a live offline/online class - During Black History month, many theatres and book clubs host Black History Month themed classes. These classes can be a good option if you’re looking for an interactive way to learn about Black History.
- Stay Curious - As you learn more about Black History, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You might find that there are things about Black History and people’s struggles that you don’t understand. Ask your parents, teachers and people involved in Black History events for their take on this important topic.
- Learn about social justice -Find out how you can actively participate in what’s going on in the world by learning about social justice and activism.
The best part about the suggestions mentioned above is that they can be done throughout the year. So, if you find that you’re curious to learn more about Black History, you don’t have to wait for Black History Month to come around. Instead, feed your curiosity, read up on what sparks your interest and find interactive activities to push yourself further!!
Frequently asked questions about Black History Month
1. What is the origin of Black History Month?
Carter G.Woodson created Black History Month in February 1926. He is known as the “father of Black history” and first called the celebration Negro History Week. With Black History Month and his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Carter encouraged people of all ethnic and social backgrounds to talk about the black experience.
2. Why do we have Black History Month?
We celebrate Black History Month to appreciate the contributions of African American people in shaping the world’s history as the stories of their achievements are often overlooked in books and on screen. By celebrating the success of black leaders, Black History Month changes the narratives from those of struggles and slavery to ones of bravery and accomplishment.
In today’s world, there is a need for racial equity and inclusion. Everyone needs to learn about diversity. Celebrations like Black History Month can be an excellent opportunity to find out more about history and help you get a clearer picture of the past. We urge you to look for fun and interactive ways to make the most of this celebration and educate yourself.