From our friends at Long Beach Council PTA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (DEI): "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 textbooks, required readings, STEM, and overall curriculum of our educational system. Unless Black history is taught throughout the year, it perpetuates an "othering" of Black Lives and Black students. Ensuring the ongoing integration of Black history and experiences throughout all curriculum is imperative as educators continue to uplift every student."
Celebrate Black culture by "learning from, honoring, and celebrating the beauty of Black culture year-round! This is how empathy is cultivated and hearts are changed - when we take the time to learn about and honor each other." Seek out films that center Black joy and liberation. Read article and books that tackle current issues in the community. Read children's books by Black authors. Celebrate Black History all year long.