February 9, 2022 | Cindy Kuperus
February is Black History Month.
It’s the shortest month of the year. Why study Black History for only 28 days (and 18 school days)?
We don’t, but we are intentional during these days.
We recognize that the importance of spending time EVERY SINGLE DAY on the study is significant and important.
For too many years, the history of Black Americans was hidden. And it is still not fully brought to light yet.
Third grade is using a slide show that Ms. Sytsma shared with us. Each morning, we hear the name and story of a different African American.
Students are invited to write and draw the information that they hear and see. Here are some students’ drawings and writings:
Each day, after a story is heard about that day’s African American in history, there is discussion, and there are questions.
Each day we hear at least one “quote” from the day’s African American story. Here are some of them:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” (Frederick Douglass)
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” (Mae C. Jemison)
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when you are doing right.” (Rosa Parks)
These are truthful and inspiring words, aren’t they?
You may ask your child to share the day’s African American study at your dinner table. You might even do some additional research. You might wonder together, “Whose voice is hidden today?”