In this story shared in Facing History, Tanya Huelett asks how we move past the reliance on Black History Month as a catch-all for representation of the experiences, contributions, and voices of African Americans? You can stand up for black history every month of the year by thinking about things like:
- Ask yourself - which books have you read this year, in school or on your own? How many of them are by black authors?
- When you study American history in school, how often do you learn about the history of black people in our country? If you don’t study much about black people outside of Black History Month, can you make your next project in history class about a black leader or about a part of history like the Freedom Riders or the Selma-to-Montgomery march?
- When you study history textbooks at school, who wrote the textbooks? Are any of your textbooks by black authors? How do you think that what you read in the textbook might be influenced by the experiences and identities of the authors?