Black History Month occurs once a year to celebrate achievements by African Americans. Black people had, and continue to have, a central role in American history. This is a time to recognize that. Now is the time for celebrating Black History Month.
As a Black woman, mom, and wife, Black History Month holds a special place in my heart. It is very important for my kids to know that they can be or do anything that their hearts desire. During Black History Month, we get to focus on people that look like them that did exactly that.
Here are some ways that your family can celebrate Black History Month—regardless of your race!
Read literature written by Black authors.
Reading books from Black authors allows you to learn about different experiences and perspectives. Some of our favorite children’s books by Black authors are:
- Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Post to Present by Jamia Wilson
- Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashanti Harrison
- Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
- Beautiful, Beautiful Me by Ashley Hinton
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Some adult literature that I personally love is:
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth
- Black Fatherhood by Keith Tate
- Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Find activities and/or programs that celebrate Black history.
Right in our backyard, Lansing Parks & Recreation and Capital Area District Library will be offering virtual activities for all ages. You can also check with your child’s school, church, or local community center to find out how they are celebrating Black History Month.
Contribute to non-profits and organizations that focus on racial equity, bettering the lives of Black people, or preserving Black history and artifacts.
Think outside the box! There are a variety of issues that impact the Black community at disproportionate rates. Find what you are passionate about and ways you can help. Want to donate time and talents instead of money? Write a letter to your local, state, or federal representatives and let them know the importance of racial justice.
Learn about black leaders and legends within your own community.
Here in Lansing there are lots of Black people that have given so much to our community. I’ve created some free coloring pages called Black Leaders & Legends in Lansing, Michigan. Each page has a brief biography of the person so you get to learn alongside your kiddos!
Make sure to grab Multicultural Crayons to represent a variety of skin complexions.
Support Black businesses and/or restaurants.
There are some incredible Black businesses and restaurants both local and online. You can find things that you love and make a purchase. Also, supporting businesses doesn’t always have to be monetary. You can support them by sharing about them to your family and friends or showing love on their social media posts. Lansing Mom has created a list with lots of options – be sure to check that out here!