Daily Update February 28, 2017

Black History recognized in February and Beyond

Carter G. Woodson is credited with recognizing the need and lobbying for special concentration on black history in schools.  In February 1926, what began as Negro History Week later evolved into Black History Month.  A sampling of those who are remembered each year and are now household names includes:

This year, three lesser known mathematicians who helped win the space race came into the spotlight via the movie, Hidden Figures, the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson.  And of course, the former first family leave their legacy as President Obama completed his two terms in office as the first black president.  From activists, athletes, scientists, writers, performers, and politicians, black history is woven into American history.  

Foster families and child care workers have the opportunity to continue exploration through February and beyond.  Discover the people and places that make America rich in history, beginning with some of the places in our state of Georgia:

http://www.exploregeorgia.org/article/african-american-history-in-georgia

PBS provides book-and-activity-recommendations for helping children embrace black history and diversity.  Link to resources:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/special/blackhistory.html 

Recognition of black history need not end in February.


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