From a Week to a Month – Black History

I have yet to see the Independent Lens documentary, More Than  A Month. I will, next month. You see, February is Black History month. A time to gorge ourselves on over 400 years of history here in America. A marketer’s dream. I say gorge because quite frankly it’s impossible to consume it all in a month, but I’ll try, enjoying every tasty morsel.

The documentary itself considers the implications of a “Black History Month”, along with it’s advocates and detractors. The clip below shares how it was Dr. Carter G. Woodson – historian, dubbed the father of black history, that championed a week, then a month, bringing national attention to the inclusion of African American achievements as American history. He lobbied schools and organizations to recognize and publish the contributions of black folk while offering his own important works like, The Mis-Education of the Negro.


Just recently, I happened upon an amazing Facebook page, Black History Mini Docs. It’s designed to be a mini-crash course on black history and enjoyed 365 days a year! I think we would all agree that many of our indy schools could use a crash course and a revision to curriculum. As parents, we can continue the legacy of Dr. Carter Woodson and lobby for equitable representation in our classrooms and books. During the month of February let’s leverage all the month has to offer and take our own mini-crash course, educating ourselves and our children about the vast contributions of black folk.

Have you been successful at implementing change in curriculum at your school? Please share by commenting below.

Black History Mini Docs FB Page

Black History Mini Docs FB Page

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