Black History Month

Resource Guide for Educators and Families

At Border Crossers, we believe that the histories, stories, and voices of Black people should be centered, honored, and uplifted in school curricula every day. We also acknowledge the importance, relevance, and origins of Black History Month. In 1926, Carter D. Woodson and the ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) launched “Negro History Week” to promote the studying of African American history as a discipline and to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.

Today, we still see the absence of Black history and experience in our textbooks, required readings, STEM, and overall curriculum of our educational system. As we enter February, Border Crossers is providing resources to be used beyond the scope of this one month. Unless Black history is taught throughout the year, it perpetuates an “othering” of Black Lives and Black students and is also a manifestation of anti-blackness.  Ensuring the ongoing integration of Black history and experiences throughout all curriculum is imperative as educators continue to uplift every student and reinforce that Black Lives Matter every day.

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How Do We Celebrate Black History Month? Teaching Black History Month in Schools:

What Can We Do In Our Classrooms? Lesson Plans and Curriculum Resources for Educators:

Do We Need Black History Month? The Underrepresentation and Miseducation of Black Stories, Experiences, and Histories in Schools:

What Are Ways To Bring Black Lives Matter Into The Classroom? (Curriculum Resources):

Why Teach Black Lives Matter in Schools? (Think Pieces):

Where Are Afro-Latinxs Represented in School Curricula?

How Do We Center Black Women and Black Girls in Our Schools?

How Do We Center Black LGBQ & TGNC Experiences?

As a Parent, What Are Ways I Can Engage My Family in Black History Month?: