How I spent Black History Month
I thought I would share resources that guided me during Black History Month 2021. Most of the stuff in bold or pink is linked. Follow the links and learn with me!
The Antiracism Daily email - subscribe here . This is a daily email with invaluable antiracism education and action items to take each day. Consider contributing a one time or monthly gift to support the work while you're there. Antiracism Daily also provided 28 days of Black History in an email every evening in February with information, questions and action items. I don't know if the information will be available past this month but there were available archives if you joined in late. Highly recommend checking this out. If you're related to me you've already gotten texts and emails asking you to subscribe. Do it. Do it now! (There's also a podcast!)
I learned from Rachel Elizabeth Cargle. During February she posted a daily prompt for a learning action. I didn't get to it each day, but that's okay- all of the posts use #discoverourglory AND she has a wealth of info in her instagram link tree. Go, go there now! Explore! Sign up for her Patreon for access to more content and make sure to Pay her for her work. You'll see her FREE #DoTheWork 30 day course which is a good starting
spot for antiracism work.
Buy Black books. I bought lots and lots of books by Black writers from Black booksellers (Uncle Bobbies).
This Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Do Better by Rachel Ricketts
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N Blain
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
I highly recommend you find each of these authors and more and follow them on social media.
This Amazing calendar from @thebookwrangler- A librarian from Atlanta posted really good content of children's reading calendars for Black History Month with the following caption "Every day on this February calendar highlights books about people and events from Black history that took place on that specific day of the month; recognizing someone’s birthday, the day someone left us, or the day a remarkable event occurred. The only exceptions are February 14 (Valentine’s Day – The Case for Loving) and February 23 (The ABCs of Black History). Black history is rich. In just the month of February alone, I found countless examples of a history that is more than trauma, anguish, and suffering. And while those are important and necessary stories to share with students, they are not the only stories. There are familiar faces from television who put us in touch with our feelings and took us on a journey across the reading rainbow; there’s fierce leadership that stepped forward when no one else would; there are powerful operatic voices soaring over audiences; and basketball warriors defying gravity only to land with the soft echo of a swish and the roar of a crowd in awe; there are trumpets sounding, guitars strumming, and piano keys tinkling; ballet slippers spinning across stages bringing audiences to their feet; there are calls and demands for justice and equality; there are poets and pilots and painters; mathematicians, marchers, and moonwalkers. Black history happens every day. Celebrate it always." Thank you Mike the Librarian from Atlanta. I shared these calendars with all of my kid's teachers and all over my social media and will do so for years to come. Check out his full post and profile below to follow him on Instagram.
There was a lot more I wanted to do and learn this month, but as Mike said in his post above- Black History happens everyday. Celebrate it always!
To close out the month we are going to try to visit some local Black History landmarks in Albany GA if we can do so and stay socially distanced. I hope to visit the Civil Rights Museum and Ray Charles Plaza!
UPDATE: Sick kiddos kept us from heading out but it's on our list to get out to explore our area very soon! You should too and tell me about Black History in your neighborhood!