When it comes to Black History celebrations, I want my kids to remember what we experience as a family. We try to make our adventures and activities meaningful. It’s incredibly rewarding to Celebrate Black History Month with your family and years later your kids express how they remember and how much they learned. Here are a few of the things we’ve done in the past that have helped us celebrate Black History with our family. While many of the historic monuments and places to visit are on the East Coast there are plenty of places with Black History ties sprinkled Nationwide.
Visit Monuments and Memorials
There are amazing monuments and memorials to visit dedicated to Black History leaders and movements. Our family has been lucky enough to visit the Martin Luther King, JR Memorial in D.C. and soon we will make a stop to see the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial.Visit a memorial or monument nearest you or go on a road trip.
Visit an African American History Museums
There are African American History Museums nationwide. For Black History Month many have exhibits that are amazing and educational. Consider visiting your local AAHM.
Participate in Festivals, Tours, and Parades
If your family is more into day events a tour, festival, or parade can be fun. Here are a few tours, festivals and parades to explore.
Black Panther Tour in Oakland
Underground Rail Road Tour in Philly
Black History Parade in Atlanta
Visit Historic Eateries
We’ve been discovering different eateries with ties to Black History. While in D.C our family visited Ben’s Chili Bowl. Find an eaterie that has a connection to Black History.
Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC- Where food was given to participants of the March to Washington.
Paschal’s in Atlanta- Where key civil rights leaders and strategists including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants designated as a meeting place.
Discover A Notable African American Figures
And if exploring isn’t possible in your area, consider discovering a notable African American figure through books at your local library. We’ve done this with the kids and even implemented other ways to discuss history like these projects:
Welcome to our fifth annual Black History Month series! Follow along all month long as we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and African-Americans.
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