Each year since 1926, we celebrate Black History Month. It’s no secret that February is the shortest month in the year and just isn’t long enough time to discuss the many important aspects of Black History. There are a multitude of ways we can continue celebrating and educating ourselves throughout the year. From the classroom to our homes, it’s important to continue the conversation of Black History.
In the Classroom:
- Utilize the National Education Association and Scholastic for Lessons and Resources.
- Develop a group project, activity, or craft using ideas from Pinterest to get students engaged and talking about Black History.
In Your Home:
- Read to your kids. Have a discussion about diversity.
- The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
- A Poem for Peter, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
- Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson.
- This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration, by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by James Ransome
- Source:NY Times
- Sit yourself down with a Black History book
- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
- The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Source: The Huffington Post
On a Roadtrip:
- Check out a Black History Podcast and have a discussion after it’s finished.
- Visit significant Black History sites, monuments, and museums throughout the country.
- Check out a documentary while hanging out on a weekend afternoon.
- African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
- The Loving Story
- Dark Girls
- Source: Brit+Co
When thinking about the New Year and what it means for YWCA Cambridge, we began to look at the four core programs that make us who we are. Those four programs are: Housing and Shelter Services; Health and Wellness; Empowerment and Economic Advancement of Women and Girls; and Racial and Social Justice. Each area is key to the success of our mission: to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
In order to highlight our efforts in 2018, we have created this blog to showcase issues, achievements, stories, and events surrounding our program areas. From telling the stories of our girls leadership program (GOLD) participants to reporting on our efforts to overcome the issues of personal and institutional racism, we want to give you the ins and outs of YWCA Cambridge through monthly blog posts. Our goal with this blog is to educate, motivate and create conversations about each program area.
We want to know what issues are important to you. Tell us what you want to hear or learn more about! Email Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org.