One of the many reasons we decided to homeschool our children, was the ability to teach them not only the Word of God along with their school lessons, but to teach them about their history. I can recall so many times growing up a teacher would teach us about a few Black Men and Women in history during February, and then the rest of the time we would be tested on the other American Leaders, and World History Leaders. There would be so much emphasis on the other leaders, it was as if they were telling us: You have to know about these people, the Black History is just extra information.
Many people do not realize Black History is American History, and World History. Black Inventors, Leaders, Scientists, Doctors, Musicians, Artists, Authors, and simply Black People, have helped shape innumerable nations and cultures. I appreciate the teachers I had growing up who would challenge the class to learn about Black World Changers that weren’t the same 4 included in their curriculum to teach. You know how every Black History month, people try to get with it, but can only name 4 Black History Leaders, and can tell you the same watered down version of the story! LOL… I am so grateful for the teachers that told us we were more than slaves and our history began far before slavery in America. I am grateful for the teacher that stood up for me when a student tried to claim Black People did not serve a significant role in American history.
Growing up, I always loved history and learning about culture. My favorite way to learn is by hearing stories told by people who lived during the time period. I’ve heard from men and women who were the 1st Black in different career positions. I’ve heard the stories from men and women who remember what it was like to be the 1st Black in a neighborhood or school. I recall listening to my Uncle every year speak the, “I Have a Dream” speech, at a center in front of a crowd, that would always cause the grown ups to tear up. I even remember being a little girl getting to sit at the feet of Rosa Parks, and hearing her tell her story, from her point of view.
I now realize my review has turned into a full on story time!
That trip down memory lane leads me to tell you all about these two great books that will help you open the door to teaching your children about their history. No matter your skin color, all children benefit from learning Black History, because much of all our lives, is a direct benefit from an invention, idea, or influence of a Black person.
Have You Thanked an Inventor Today, by Patrice McLaurin, takes kids on a journey through their day, showing how items we use and see everyday were invented by a Black man or woman.
Little Legends, Exceptional Men in Black History, by Vashti Harrison, does a great job telling children about Black men who helped change our ways, or ways of thinking! Harrison also has a book in the series on Bold Black Women.
Both books are so well illustrated and keep your child’s attention, which has helped my children remember our great history!
Be sure to come back and comment after you’ve purchased, and share about these great books with your friends, family, and followers! Also feel free to read these books all year long 😏