Celebrating Black History Month In Your Homeschool

February has been Black History Month in the US, Canada, and UK since 1926. Carter G. Woodson is the historian/educator who began the movement to make the study of black history mainstream. He wanted it celebrated during the second week of February so as to honor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

Seems only appropriate as those are key figures in black history.

Black History month 2-1

Most people think of Martin Luther King Jr. when studying black history. There is so much more to it than just the civil rights movement. Here in the Rogers Academy, we will begin our studies this month by attending the Disney  Student  Seminar on February 5th about the Kinsey Collection.

This phenomenal traveling exhibit will likely trigger many questions and educational opportunities for our homeschool. We get the added benefit of getting to interview Khalil Kinsey and the ability to visit the exhibition all year long when we use our annual passes to get into Epcot.

Having already seen the movie Selma on Martin Luther King Day, we have covered that era about great black people in history. While it’s important to talk about that period in history, especially here in the South, I like to also focus on other key persons who have achieved success regardless of their race, as well as other nationalities .

Great people of color take over all our study areas from poem and hymn study to our marine biology. Every subject we study here gets a black history twist this month. Some are figures from history while some are present day. A nice mixture of both keeps it interesting for everyone.

While my high schooler will have required reading of several biographies, my middle schoolers will get to watch movies and generally learn about them hands-on. I have extremely visual kids here in Autismland. If I want them to cement the learning in their brains, I have to come up with something fun and visual for their brains to register it. Amazon Instant Video will come in handy this month for sure.

We do skits about events with famous black people, memorize and recite speeches made by famous black people such as the infamous “I Have A Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. , try some new recipes, and each child has a biography to read and present at family night.

This presentation can take any form they choose. It makes the person come alive for them while giving us some hilarious family memories. I also tend to censor out what is not  appropriate according to the child’s age.

Some things in history are graphic. While my high school age child can learn all the gory details, my younger kids are not developmentally ready for some atrocities. Never fear! We do it all over again in high school so there is always time to learn it all.  I do tell my younger kids that there are bits we aren’t learning about their person just yet because they aren’t ready.

While we will not study all the people on this list, I do make a list of people we want to learn about to give me a guideline on where to go with our studies. I print the list then google their names to jot a note or two about their area where we could study them. I don’t read a ton about them at this point because I want to learn right alongside the children.

Famous Black People in History

  • Barack Obama
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Ben Carson
  • Maya Angelou
  • Rosa Parks
  • Josephine Baker
  • Madam C.J. Walker
  • Martin Luther King Jr
  • Malcolm X
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Colin Powell
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Lionel Richie
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Sarah Boone
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Harlem Globe Trotters
  • Al Sharpton
  • Jesse Jackson Sr
  • James Earl Jones
  • Will Smith
  • Samuel L Jackson
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bill Russell
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • Russell Simmons
  • Bill Cosby
  • Ralph Bunche
  • Charles Drew
  • Bill Picket
  • Phyllis Wheatley
  • Ray Charles
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Jester Hairston
  • Scott Joplin
  • Moses Hogan
  • Wynton Marsallis
  • William Dawson
  • Marion Anderson
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Della Reese
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Famous Firsts by African Americans
Penny Rogers
Penny is a Jesus loving, gluten-free mama who is homeschooling her child with autism and his high maintenance dancer sister while living incredibly close to Walt Disney World.
Penny Rogers

Penny Rogers

Penny is a Jesus loving, gluten-free mama who is homeschooling her child with autism and his high maintenance dancer sister while living incredibly close to Walt Disney World.

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