Make no mistake…Black History is American History and should be taught year-round.
Sadly, in classrooms across The United States, this isn’t always the case.
Black History should be looked at as a critical opportunity to allow students to make connections to our Nation’s past with their lives, and the world they live in today.
If Black History were taught year-round, we wouldn’t need a month to teach it. And if we’re being honest with each other, we aren’t there yet. By working together, we can get there.
Teaching Black History should be more. It’s not just a cute craftivity with a writing prompt.
Let’s dig deeper. We need to highlight contributions, struggles, social justice movements, & achievements made by Black Americans. This should not just be in February, but all year round.
We must do better. We owe it to our students. Our colleagues deserve it. Future generations of Americans need it.
This year, Education to the Core would like to highlight incredible Black History resources. We’ve also included blog posts and products from Black educational professionals and blog authors. You will find video resources and links as well. Not to mention some amazing museum tour links.
- What Black History Looks Like in My Classroom by Adrienne Wiggens @Adrienne Teaches
- 23 Black Teachers to Follow on Instagram by Faren Brevett @Marigold Magic
- 18 Children’s Books to Prompt and Further Conversations on Race by Brittany Smith @wanderingbritt_
- Prioritizing Empathy and Anti-Racism in Schools by Nicholas Manning @iteachpgh
- Shining an Equitable Lens on Every Student by Mallory Mbalia @MbaliaM
- Black History Ed Zone by Kathy Trusty @BlackHistoryEd
Videos for Students
- Let’s Talk About Race by Vera Ahiyya @ the Tutu Teacher
- Celebrating Black History Playlist with Netflix Jr.
- The History of African American Social Dance by Camille A. Brown
- The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks by Riché D. Richardson
- Celebrating Black History with BrainPOP Jr.
- Have You Thanked an Inventor Today by Patrice McLaurin
Videos for Teachers
- The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History by David Ikard
- The Missing Century of Black History in the Americas by Jane Landers
- Dear Teachers: Do’s and Don’ts of Black History by Elaine Johnson
Black History Museums and Virtual Tours
Find a local museum: AAAM’s global directory of African American Museums and affiliate institutions
Teaching Hard History is a podcast series worth listening to. To begin with, the series covers a variety of topics to help you learn more about equity and inclusion. There are many helpful tips on how to create a better classroom environment for your students. The series also discusses how you can have those important conversations with your students.
We hope you find these resources helpful. As an organization, ETTC will continue to share blogs and resources that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These resources should not just be used for one month, but all year round.
In addition, if you have resources to share with us, be sure to put them in the comments below! Together, we will work towards the goal of inclusion of everyone. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
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Trudi Lawrence, Emily Garcia, Janessa Fletcher, Kristin Halverson, & Suzanne Kelley
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