Celebrate and learn more during Black History Month

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February is Black History Month –a month when we celebrate the achievements of present day African Americans, as well as their important roles in history. It is a great time to set the foundation for recognizing and celebrating the contributions of African Americans throughout the entire year. There are many online activities you can do individual or with others.  Here are just a few:

Read books and listen to interviews with Black children’s authors and illustrators. 

Reading Rockets is a national public literacy initiative that has a vast collection of book suggestions, interviews, classroom activities and virtual resources that celebrate and educate about the lives and contributions of African Americans.

Learn about African American leaders and historical figures through the “Portraits of African Americans” exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

The National Portrait Gallery contains over 1000 portraits of Africa American history makers.

Virtually visit cultural institutions or historical monuments that reflect African American history.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has several online exhibits ranging from arts and culture to significant moments in history.