—By Little + Free's Team
Black History Month is not only about celebrating the contributions of Black people but also a chance to educate our children and promote a more inclusive society. Here at Little + Free, we understand the importance of inclusivity and diversity, and that's why we have compiled a few tips and resources to help you continue the conversation beyond February.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Morgan Victoria Thomas, an experienced elementary school teacher who shared her insights on how to keep the Black History conversation going at home. She recommended a few books and movies that her students enjoyed and learned from. Here are some of the resources she suggested:
- Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
- Firebird by Misty Copeland
- Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
"Each month we feature books in our spotlight library in the center of the classroom. We made sure to include books that featured Black characters," Thomas said.
"The students also loved watching episodes of Ada Twist on Netflix. Our school had an art project for each grade and class where they selected a hero and created a special frame for their hero's portrait," she added. "Our first-grade class chose American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman."
Morgan also emphasized that it is crucial to educate ourselves before educating our little ones. Understanding and acknowledging Black History is a step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse environment. Additionally, she suggested not only focusing on the struggles but also celebrating the accomplishments of Black people.
"It's SO important that children understand that Black History is to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Black people," Thomas said. "Black History is American History. So, beyond February, continue reading books, watching shows that display representation, and continue educating beyond the short month," she concluded.