Happy Black History Month everyone!
National Black (or African-American) History Month is an annual time to recognize, celebrate and honor the achievements of African-American people who have affected the course of history. Canada also celebrates it in February and the United Kingdom does so in October. Here in the U.S. there is a full calendar of activities available at local library systems and parks and recreation to help you celebrate with your kiddos. In the DC Metro area you could say we recognize the achievements of African-American people as a way of life; there are ongoing varieties of events, permanent exhibits, museums, dance, art, and music, with special emphasis in the month of February. In fact, one of the reasons we love this area, is its cultural diversity.
One example of this, is the beautiful metal and mosaic work by the artist, Cheryl Foster, etched in the walls, on permanent display along the steps of the National Harbor. (Our favorite place to hang out when we’re not doing school). 🙂
If you’re in or around the DC Metro Area, there are NO shortage of events in February. Here are some helpful links.
- Prince Georges County Public Library Events
- Montgomery County Public Library Events
- Washington DC Events
- Washington DC Public Library Events
- Prince Georges County Park and Recreation Events
- National Park Service Historic Places
- National Park Service Lessons Plans, etc.
- Culture Capital for events across the DC Metro Area
- African-American History Month
Or just do a google search in your area and you’re sure to find many ways to honor Black History Month with your family.
Note to parents: My only little disclaimer would be to make sure events are age or maturity appropriate for your child. A wise mom once told me that for (some) children under age 5, its best to keep it as light as possible in the area of teaching about certain aspects of black history, more specifically, the events surrounding slavery. Much like other sensitive topics, some concepts may be too much for them to grasp in light of their innocence.
The History of Black History Month
- Originally initiated by Carter G. Woodson, in 1929 as Negro History Week. In 1972, it was renamed Black History Week and in 1976, it became Black History Month. See more at History.com
- Here are 15 Interesting Facts
Looking for more? Check out my previous posts
Most typically refer to it as “Black History Month” while others prefer “African-American History Month“. What do you call it? How do you celebrate?
Also, please feel free to add any events in the comments section. Thanks!