Black History Month kicks off this February. With any celebration or awareness-raising days, I believe their message should be carried with us throughout the year! With Thanksgiving, for example, we should be thankful and grateful EVERY DAY…not just on one day of the year. Or when my kids and I slept in a box one night a few weeks ago to raise money for the homeless, I want them to be aware, compassionate, and giving towards the homeless every night…not just one night.
So with that in mind, let’s celebrate and learn about different cultures and people—-who they are, how they contribute to our society, the very real struggles they face, and even ways we can help—as often as we can.
With respect to Black History Month, here are some ideas to learn and grow as a family…
THE TEACHING TOOL—Our primary job as a parent is to be our child’s greatest teacher. Their views of themselves, of others, and of the world are shaped by our own views.
EDUCATE OUR KIDS—Set a positive example. Take time to talk about and teach about contributions and positive role models in the African American community.
For example, did you know…
- that George Crum, chef and restauranteur, invented the potato chip?
- that George Washington Carver not only invented peanut butter, but also resourcefully used sweet potatoes and peanuts to invent 518 new products like ink, dye, soap, cosmetics, flour, vinegar, and synthetic rubber?
- that Marie Van Brittan Brown filed a patent for the first home security system?
- that Madame CJ Walker became the first self-made millionaire with her invention of hair care products for African Americans?
And there are SO many more!
In fact, this book is AWESOME: 100 African Americans Who Shaped American History
EDUCATE OURSELVES—Be willing to learn.Take time to educate yourself, as a parent, on the real struggles some African American families face.
No matter what color your skin is or what your background is, take time with your family or on your own to learn about and understand your own culture or those of another. And that’s what will bring more unity to this world, not just one day or one month out of the year…but EVERY day!
Lord, You are the God of peace…of harmony…of unity. Allow our hearts to align with Yours to bring light where there’s darkness…hope where there’s hopelessness…peace where there’s conflict…harmony where there’s discord…and unity where there’s division.
Here’s to bringing more unity to the world together—Christine