Celebrating Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. History. It is also a time to reflect on the important work we all must keep doing to achieve equity and social justice. 

We have assembled a shortlist of resources and opportunities to participate in throughout Black History Month and beyond and we hope you find these valuable as we work together in continued education and conversation.

THINGS TO WATCH:

  • Attucks: The School that Opened a City – documentary (available through WFYI)

  • How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them (TED Talk)

  • **Always make sure your choice is Guardian approved! 
    THINGS TO WATCH

  • 1. Hidden Figures
    2. That’s So Raven together
    3. The Princess and the Frog
    4. Black History with Kevin Hart on Netflix
    5. Queen of Katwe
    6. 42
    7. Black Lightening 
    8. K.C. Undercover
    9. Sister Sister
    10.  Black-ish, Grown-ish, or Mixed-ish
    11. Soul (Disney+)

     

THINGS TO LISTEN TO (For Adults):

  • For Evansville PodCast - Pursuing Racial Unity CLICK HERE to listen. 

  • Podcast Code Switch. CLICK HERE for more information.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Do a research project with your Little and learn about one of these amazing people! Madam CJ Walker, Langston Hughes, Hammerin Hank Aaron, Claudette Calvin, Oprah Winfrey, Alice Ball, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dorothy Vaughan, Gordon Parks, BB King, Alex Haley, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Beyonce or
    Muddy Waters.

  • Visit The Lyles Station Museum in Princeton, IN 

  • Check out some CD’s and have a listen to the jazz and blues greats! 

  • Read a poem together and then try to recreate your own poems!

  • Visit the Evansville African American Museum

  • CLICK HERE Evansville African American Museum events 

  • CLICK HERE for more information from the SW Indiana Chamber

THINGS TO READ (For Adults):

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

  • Now Is the Time to Offer Solidarity and Support to Young People of Color – The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram Kendi

  • Other titles that could be added for anti-racism knowledge for adults are:

  • White Fragility by Robin Diaangelo

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Neihisi Coates.  

Important Fiction books (For Adults):

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Native Son by Richard Wright

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  • Roots by Alex Haley

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

If you would like to recommend content for our work supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, please contact us at info@mentoringkids.org