It’s Time For a History Lesson

Famous African-Americans with a Michigan connection.

Would you be shocked to hear that I don’t celebrate Black History Month? It is because I celebrate black history daily.  We all know that April is Autism Awareness  Month.  Well, when May first arrives I don’t stop living with and advocating for autism. I feel the same way about Black History Month.  I am trying to constantly teach my children about the accomplishments of our culture, not just during February.

Lately, I have had some intense conversations with Harrison. He is beginning to ask a lot of questions.  We haven’t been to the movies in quite some time.  We would love to see Hidden Figures.  I had never heard of this story and it was inspiring learning about the accomplishment that these three woman made.

When I was younger I learned about Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson.  As I grew older I learned about the contributions of many black americans in history.  I shared with Harrison the story of the four little girls that were killed in the church bombing  in Alabama.  We talked about the story of Emmet Till.  As a mother of a black male that was a painful and emotional story to explain to him. 

I think it is important for children to know about their heritage.  As parents, it is our job to teach them.  Not only talk about the contributions of your culture but explore other cultures and history with them as well.  I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank when I was younger.  It was a book that taught me about the Holocaust and the lives of the Jewish victims.

Don’t let your history lessons be confined to one month.  Continue to research, learn and embrace your history.  Your children will thank you for it.

Today is a great day to learn something new.  You will be amazed at what you may discover.


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