Black History Month.
Since we started homeschooling, we have not taken the time to study black history every February, because we've been following our history curriculum Story of the World. It includes a lot of black history as it fits in the timeline of world history, but Emma told me this year that she misses the annual report on a hero that she did while in public school. Wait...you want to do extra history this month? Um, YES.
We headed up to the library in search of our subjects. Emma already knew she wanted to find books on Bass Reeves. We learned about him in the new time travel show Timeless. He's the real man that the Lone Ranger is based on. Yes, the real Lone Ranger was black! Hollywood changed his skin color to make him more palatable to the masses.
Our library had one book in the Juvenile biography section, and we went ahead and Amazon primed the other one.
Ethan (10) has very little frame of reference for American black history, since he was in 1st grade his last year of public, and we haven't reached America yet in our chronological history study. I thought he needed a good foundation, so he's learning about the Underground Railroad with these two. They were both at our library, but I found them on Amazon too:
I feel a little weird adding Levi Coffin in there, since he wasn't black. But he had a major roll in the U.R., and MLK said it was about the content of character, not skin color right?
I didn't want to leave out Esther and Elijah, even though they are little. I'm geeking out over the books I chose for them!
Esther (5) is doing her "report" on Bessie Coleman. This book is filled with gorgeous illustrations, and is told through the eyes of people who knew her.
And Eli (3) will be reading this book about a boy who dreamed about being a baseball star, like his heroes in the Negro League. I've already peaked at this one, and it's going to be way over his head, but you have to start somewhere, right? Maybe I'll be able to find a good one about Jackie Robinson before the month is out.
If you are working on your own Black History Month reports, I suggest starting at the library to save some money. But Amazon tends to be so fast and inexpensive, you can fill in any gaps that way. Do you have a favorite black history hero that you think we should learn about? Please let us know in the comments!
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Happy Black History Month, friends!
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