by Hameray Staff
February is National Black History Month — a time to reflect on the Black experience in America, and highlight the profound impact of African-Americans in creating and shaping this country.
Each year since 1928, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAHL) creates a theme around which to frame and contextualize the important facts and stories of Black America that are all too often excluded from everyday lessons.
This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. When planning your lessons this month, keep in mind how this theme could help create new avenues for discussion and activity around familiar icons and heroes such as Harriet Tubman, Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, or Michael Jordan. How did their connections to family and community help shape who they became? What traditions of food, music, art, or sport inspired them?
(And please share with us in the comments below how you have incorporated this year’s theme into your classroom lessons and activities for Black History Month. We’d love to hear from you!)