Black History Month
Black History Is American History
The 2023 Black History Month theme is Black Resistance.
Perhaps there would be no need to observe Black history in a designated month if it were taught year-round, alongside other histories as part of a regular curriculum. It wouldn’t be such a novelty if there were a rigorous effort to view it as a central part of the American story.
To learn more about the "father of Black history", Carter G. Woodson, and the origins of Black History Month, check out this website. Every year, there is a new theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This year's theme is Black Resistance.
Black history is American history that still needs to be told. Analyzing and celebrating Black history helps students think critically about present-day social issues.
Search the links below for read alouds, songs, videos, and lessons explaining Black History Month, recognizing famous African Americans, and to listen to African American stories, music and more!
ActioNow Black History Month Celebration
District 196 African American Cultural Family Advocates, in partnership with the Equity and Inclusion Department will be hosting ActioNOW 2023 on Tuesday, February 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Valley Middle School of STEM. The event is a celebration of Black excellence.
This year's theme is "WE ARE BLACK HISTORY!" An evening gathering for family and fun, ActioNOW 2023 highlights students' voices in several ways, including showcasing the winners of our Black History Month Writing contest! Join us for a light meal, music and community.
Happy Black History Month!
Celebrate Black History Month in the Twin Cities
Here are some local ways to celebrate:
- February 11 - The Black Market
"The Black Market is a Family Friendly space that brings together people from across a multitude of communities in Minnesota. We exist to assist in closing the wealth gap in our state. We make Buying Black fun & easy! Open monthly on the second Saturday of the month. 2p - 7p. Come vibe with us!"
- February 19 - 2022-2023 Concert Series
"Hosted by Dan Chouinard and featuring a joyful gathering of musicians, storytellers, filmmakers and neighborhood advocates as we dig deeper into the history of South Side and St. Joan of Arc. In collaboration with the SJA Anti-Racism ministry. Seats are general admission on a first come basis."
- February 25 - Group Mosaic-making Project
"Join local Community Partner Mosaic on a Stick for a group mosaic-making project. We will be creating a mosaic for our February Positive Change partner, Planting People Growing Justice, who will proudly display it in their space. The piece will be justice-themed and be a celebration of joy, art and community during Black History Month. Donations to support the project will be accepted at time of registration. Attendees will receive a co-op coupon and refreshments during the event.
Please note: Space is limited for this event. If you can no longer attend, please let us know right away and we will open up your spot to someone on the waitlist."
February 26 - A Nashinspired Black history celebration
"This will be a fun, all day Black history month celebration of history, fashion, music and art. Details will be updated."
Black People Who Made History
This mathematician helped NASA and they honored her. Watch this read aloud, Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13.