Every February in the US is the Black History Month. But when you look at the schools from Pre K and up, there is sharing of the contributions Blacks have made to this country. Or their sacrifices, and to take it a step further. During slavery, some Blacks were taking by force from their homes in Africa, whilst their children, wives, families were crying and begging to save them from coming to America. From those taken, some were Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Doctors, Lawyers, farmers, elders, masons, etc.
You could still hear the echoes of the cries from their families, their sadness and despair to this day in Africa.
The slaves had homes and families in Africa, they shared everything so there were very few homeless people there. To force them to come to America and give them false promises; only to find out they were lied to. But Blacks being very resilient people; have done very well by putting the past behind them and moved forward. It has never been easy as some are still struggling. But this is the story that needs to be told to the students; about where they came from and why they are here. There are people like Frederick Douglas, Sojouner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X just to name a few who were Blacks and made a huge difference. The students should know these history makers and identify so they too can become history makers someday. Black History Month is about Unity, Love, Respect, Resilience, Redemption for everyone.
Judith F. Osei Tutu, http://www.africanclothes22.com/