Black History Month: Celebrating History & Our Future

Hey Atlanta, we all know it’s Black History month, once called Negro History Week. It became a month long celebration in 1976. Now I am grateful that we take the time to remember the important contributions and achievements of my people, I just have mixed feelings about a certain amount of time (months, weeks & days) dedicated to a group of people, when the celebration of all people should be everyday. To me, it sends a message to our kids that once the month is over, we can forget about black history until next year. I would love to see a world where black history was just a part of everyday history. We are not a side item or a side issue, it is important that our children regularly honor and celebrate African Americans achievements: past & present.

We have to educate our children about who they are and the ongoing fight for civil rights and equality. I feel it is the only way to build a racial and cultural understanding between us. As a parent, celebrating African American history is the same as celebrating American history, not marginalized to a special month. Some may disagree, this is my opinion and belief.

Below are a few links & movies to start celebrating all year! Peace & Happy Black History!

  1. 24 Children’s Books to Read for Black History Monthhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-history-month-books_us_5a79a9a8e4b018ad89502122
  2. History Channel (Black History Month)-  http://www.history.com/topics/black-history

Movies: Hidden Figures, Malcom X, Selma, 12 Years a Slave, The Birth of a Nation, The Great Debaters, 4 Little Girls, Eyes on the Prize, Sounder, Something the Lord Made, 42, Hotel Rwanda, Rosewood, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Butler, Cry Freedom, Mississippi Burning, Loving, Barry (Barack Obama), Panther, Ali, The Long Walk Home, 13th- Ava DuVernay, Belle, Glory, A Raisin in the Sun, Imitation of Life

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