How Moms and Kids Can Celebrate Black History Month



February is Black History Month. We will see the evidence everywhere: passionate social media posts, worksheets in our kids’ backpacks, and branded merchandise from large companies hoping to appear socially conscious. And as much as we want to deny it, it’s easy to become complacent and let Black History Month pass by without much thought or engagement. But we are raising kids who we hope to be compassionate leaders in a diverse world. We want them to recognize and call out injustice. We want them to be anti-racist. And in order to do that, we must teach them history- real history, not the white-washed version in so many school curriculums. So much of Black history and Black achievements are never taught in schools, and it’s up to us as mothers to teach this history to our kids.

This year, the theme of Black History Month is Black Resistance. Since the beginning of our country’s history, African American’s have been resisting the injustices they have faced, including slavery and the absence of basic civil and human rights. This resistance continues today, with movements like Black Lives Matter educating the public on the continued fight for equality Black people face in America.

Black History Month presents the perfect opportunity to talk to our kids about resistance, and how how and why African Americans have resisted injustice and continue to do so. We can talk to them about how they too can resist racist attitudes and actions when they see them. Thankfully there are a plethora of great resources available to help.

Black History Month Resources for White Moms


How White People Can Celebrate Black History Month

Talking to Our Kids about Racism

We know talking to our kids about race and racism is important, but many of us feel ill-equipped and awkward having these conversations. Here are a few helpful posts to empower moms in talking to their children about these important topics.

Racism Still Exists in The Classroom

Equipping Parents to Discuss Racism With Their Children

Love Lessons :: Words to Our Children About Race and Racism

Anti-racism: A Maternal Call To Action

Books to Read During Black History Month

Books are always one of the best ways to educate and inform us on any topic. There are a plethora of books available, both fiction and nonfiction, that both kids and adults can read during Black History Month. The best way to develop understanding and empathy is to share stories, and books are the greatest avenue to do that.

Favorite Black History Month Books for Children and Families

Black History Month: Books for Every Bookshelf





Other Resources for Moms and Kids

mom with kids reading a book

PBS Kids has many age-appropriate Black History Month resources for kids, including a list of questions to get the conversation started in your home.

Parents has a great article on How to Celebrate Black History Month with Kids which includes tips from educators, fun activities, and volunteer opportunities.

Scholastic offers their picks for Remarkable Books for Black History Month.

Moms, challenge yourself this year to not let February pass without engaging your family with Black History Month and learning about Black resistance. There is so much history to learn and rich resources available to help.

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Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, Texas, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role with City Mom Collective, Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for Houston Moms. You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook, Instagram or


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