Happy Black History Month! Heather Hopson February 1, 2013 Uncategorized 8 Comments (Photo Courtesy: Culture 24) Dear Diary, February is my favorite month of the year. Why? Because my birthday, Valentine’s Day and Black History Month are all marked on this page on my calendar. Although I think African-American history and heritage should be celebrated 365 days a year, I look forward to February. And now that I’m a first time mom, I’m thinking even more about what I will teach my daughter to be proud of the color of her skin and the achievement of her ancestors. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the month with your little one. Be Educated! Read stories about African-American firsts to your child. Stories such as “The Other Side” and “The Story of Ruby Bridges” are great books geared at young kids. Be Artistic! Create African masks. Temper paint washes off of hands and clothes easily! Be Active! This year is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Take a walk around your neighborhood and reflect on how far our country has come regarding race relations. Well, you’ll think deeply and your little one will get in some exercise! You can also shake your grove thang to the beats of African drums. Check your local library for CDs and videos. Be Domestic! Tie on an apron and whip up a soul food dinner. Include items on your menu like sweet potato pies and Famous Amos cookies–both recipes written by African-Americans. Hey DFTM fam–How are you celebrating Black History Month? 8 Responses Hanifah Munadi February 6, 2013 We definitely need to educate ourselves about us. If we don’t look out for one another, well, it’s a new day these days.Thanks for sharing. Good info. Reply Janeane Davis February 6, 2013 I am celebrating it by reminding my children that there is black history every month and that they are creating the history they will share with school children when they are “old” like me. Reply newmom0608 February 8, 2013 Yes! We continue to make history everyday. Your words push your children to dream big, work hard and achieve greatness I’m sure. Reply Tomika B February 6, 2013 I celebrate my birthday, Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, and Black History Month. We are definitely going to increase our knowledge of Black History Reply Christine February 7, 2013 I love what Janeane said, and am trying to start instilling that in my own kids. I am making more of a conscious effort this year to take them to either events or museums in the DC area that celebrate our culture. Reply Joyce@MommyTalkShow February 9, 2013 I plan to attend some local events here in Atlanta where we have such a rich Black History. Reply Chasing Joy February 10, 2013 I’m looking forward to attending the Gordon Parks exhibit at Macy’s. I’ve also been enjoying reading other’s blogs about black history month. On the Chasing Joy FB page and twitter accounts all of my quotes this month are from Blacks. Reply Jordan February 11, 2013 Like Joyce in Atl, Philly has so many events.I HAVE to get out and enjoy some of them. There is always something to do and more to learn about my ancestor. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.