Black History Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.
Today is the last day of Black History Month, and while we’re sad to see the official celebration of Black History go, we realize that Black History education is something that needs to take place 365 days a year.
When we teach our children Black history, especially from a global perspective, we can begin to counter false narratives regarding the contribution of Black men and women throughout history, inspire our children with the endless possibilities of what they can achieve, and equip them with a sense of self and pride.
As you commit to teaching your children about Black History the rest of this year, here are 5 digital resources you can check everyday for facts, activities, and ideas:
1. Because of Them, We Can
We’re sure you’ve seen some of the Because of Them We Can campaigns on social media, where children dress up as famous people in Black History. But this site has more than just clever pictorials. The Because of Them We Can site is filled with Black history facts, news about current events in Black culture, pictures, videos, and even merchandise. And did we mention that their social media is basically a beautiful tribute to all things #melanin? You’ll definitely find some easily digestible facts to share with your children, as well as some fun pictures that your kiddos will love.
2. National Museum of African American History & Culture
Can we just take a moment to say if you planned on never stepping foot in Washington D.C. again, The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) museum should make you reconsider. If you truly want to give your family an experience while learning a well-rounded history of Black people, the NMAAHC is a must. But if you can’t make it to D.C. in the near future, don’t you fret. The NMAAHC website is stocked with information and visuals that can assist you in teaching your children about Black history. From online exhibitions and collections of stories with stunning visuals, there is a wealth of information to explore.
3. Mocha Kid Magazine
Celebrating Black History doesn’t only mean learning facts. It also means learning to celebrate everything there is about being Black— from the shades of our skin tones to the textures of hair—and Mocha Kid Magazine does just that. Mocha Kid Magazine is an interactive magazine geared towards empowering African American children. The magazine “equips parents with the necessary tools and insights that will nurture the needs and fashions of their little ones.” In addition to the magazine and apparel, the brand has also released several books, including it’s latest publication, “52 Positive Affirmations for Mocha Kids.”
4. Welcome to Fresburg
This resource is specifically for the kids in your life. Welcome to Fresburg is an animated Youtube series that follows 8 kids as they learn and have fun together in their hometown of Fresburg, California. While the series has videos on several topics, it’s the Black History Playlist that caught our eye. The playlist has more than 30 short, animated videos exploring the lives of important figures in black history. Just pop one of these bad boys on at home or in the car and let the learning begin.
5. Little Doebahyou
The list would not be complete without a mention of Little Doebahyou! Our entire mission is to make cultural education about Africa & the Diaspora easily accessible and affordable for parents. Our subscription box offers fun activities for families to learn about Black history, and we’re rolling out our blog and new newsletter this month, which will include fun tips on how to ensure that your children are learning about Black history globally. Stay tuned!
The Internet has a wealth of resources for parents who want to keep the conversation going after Black History Month has ended.
What are some of your favorite websites to help teach your children about Black history and to help them celebrate their culture? Share with the tribe in the comments below.
P.S. Next week we’ll be talking about the best children’s books to celebrate Black history and culture globally on the blog so make sure that you stay connected!