Every month is Black History Month for Black families and their allies.
It’s always time to consciously center and celebrate Black empowerment and achievements, as well as the legacies of strength and struggle against racism. We can honor the whole of Black history, rooted in rites, rituals and intellectual traditions from across the African diaspora every month of the year.
From a Black perspective, it’s necessary to take the time to acknowledge Black beauty, pride and incredible faith and fortitude despite living through more than 400 years of oppression.
So, what does it mean to teach White youth with intention and care?
For White families this might feel trickier. White people parenting today may not have been raised with a focus on Black history, so they may not feel like they know enough or know what to do. Some parents may know it’s important we all celebrate Black excellence but worry that participating at home might be a form of appropriation. Others realize that legacies of racial inequality and White privilege are the reasons Black accomplishments are so remarkable. Acknowledging that might feel complicated, even overwhelming.
So where to begin? We want to suggest you start where you are. Here are 12…