DCAEYC Celebrates Black History Month

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

Black History Month began as one week in 1926 when the historian Carter G Woodson designated the second week of February as Negro History Week. In the 1970s, Black History Week became Black History Month and has been since nationally recognized as a time of year to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in Science, Math, Innovation, History, Sports, and Entertainment.

DCAEYC encourages all early childhood practitioners to celebrate Black History Month with all young children regardless of race or ethnicity. Celebrating various cultures will help all young children develop healthy racial identities and social skills to combat anti-bias perspectives and will set the stage for developing the value of human diversity. “Early childhood education has the power to change the future,” said Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “To begin the process of racial reconciliation and healing, we must have meaningful and intentional conversations with children about racial identity and promote anti-bias values from birth.” Crew concluded, “With an appreciation for differences in early childhood, young children can develop into adults who actively challenge bias, stereotyping and various forms of discrimination.”

Suggested Literature for Black History Month

Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne, Theodore Taylor III

A Is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson Hindley

The Crayon Box That Talked by Michael Letzing and Shane Derolf

Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Black Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Online Resources

Preschool Activities for Black History Month

Great Inventor Garrett Morgan

Teaching Children About Black History Month

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