Every February, America observes a very special occasion called Black History Month. This observance serves as a time to remember and celebrate the many amazing accomplishments of African-Americans and their importance to our country’s history.
Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week, a week of celebration observed in mid-February. In 1976 it was expanded to become Black History Month, and it now stands as a wonderful tribute to the many exceptional African-Americans who have graced our country’s history.
This video highlights just some of the amazing African-Americans we celebrate during Black History Month.
- Here is a website that tells all about Black History Month and how it came to be.
- Here is a website that profiles 28 inspiring, influential African-Americans in honor of Black History Month.
Topics for Discussion:
- What are some of the qualities the African-Americans presented above share in common?
- Which of the African-Americans shown above inspires you the most? Why?
- Visit your local library for books that will teach you more about Black History Month and the African-Americans it celebrates!
- Visit the Family Education website’s Black History Month page to learn ways you can celebrate Black History Month!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.