February is Black History Month. It’s a chance to honor those that have inspired equality for all people. Celebrating Black History Month is a great way to introduce your children to inspirational figures. Learning about history can be an amazing thing for your family to share.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson started the movement to honor black history by founding Negro History Week, which was the second week of February, in 1926. February was chosen

because it honored the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two men who fought to free American slaves. In 1976 Black History Month was created. Before the 20th century blacks had been ignored in the history books, which is why this month became so important.

Your family can spend Black History Month reading children’s books about notable African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Barak Obama and Jackie Robinson are just a few. But there are plenty of other people to learn about, such as Garret Morgan, the inventor of the traffic light and gas mask. Dr. Mae Jemison is another inspirational figure to learn about, she was the first African American woman in space! There are so many amazing African American stories worth sharing with your family this month.

Many museums and parks are celebrating Black History Month. Take the opportunity to go on family trips to places that are honoring this month. It’s a great way to start a conversation with your kids about equality.

Looking for some new music to play in the car? Try great black musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington or some Motown. It’s music your kids can fall in love with and you can enjoy too!

Celebrating equality is something we should do year round and Black History Month is a great place to start!