Family Fun: Celebrating African-American Month
“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.
– 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