Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington – Library of Congress

“To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.” US Census Bureau

 

Family Fun Activities to Celebrate National African-American History Month:

Find attractions that are nearby your area to visit such as an Under Ground Railroad Home. This U.S National Parks  map shows where underground railroads sites are in the U.S. Many of the homes used by the underground railroad are open to the public.

Visit a historic home or business of a famous African-American, wikipedia keeps a state by state list of historic sites for African-Amercians.

Watch a Movie about African-Amercan hero’s like  the Tuskegee  Airmen  and read about them at the National Parks Website for Tuskegee Airmen.

Read books about famous African-Americans such as: Fredirick douglas, Booker T. Washington, and President Barrack Obama

Put on a Play – See  Rita’s Plays For Children: Productions For Black History Month and Beyond

Art and Crafts – Black History Month Coloring pages

 

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