Reserve time to gather around a good book or settle in for a movie night honoring the Black experience.

 

 

As foster parents, we are often provided the unique opportunity to care for children outside our own race or cultural heritage. This opportunity also brings huge responsibility as we must prepare ourselves to better understand the challenges and successes of people whose lives look different from our own. Black History Month offers a more intentional way for us to bring this education to the forefront and celebrate the contributions Black Americans have made and continue to make every day.  

Reserve time to gather around a good book or settle in for a movie night honoring the Black experienceWe have a great list of recommendations meant to both educate and entertain, so go pop some popcorn and get ready for the powerful conversations that are sure to follow 

February is dedicated to Black History, but books and films like these need space in our lives throughout the year. Commit to furthering your understanding by tuning in to the resources suggested below and dedicating some time for them each month going forward. Kiddos of all colors can benefit from these inspirational stories, and after the year we’ve all just had, who couldn’t use a little inspiration? 

 

Our favorites:

10 Black History Books to Read as a Family 

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History / Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History both by Vashti Harrison 

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade 

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine 

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport 

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasha Shabazz 

My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner 

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson 

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes (with illustrations by Bryan Collier) 

The Who Was Series including books such as Who Was Rosa Parks, Who Was Ida B. Wells, Who Was Frederick DouglassWho Is Barack Obama written by various authors 

*A huge assortment of books focused on Black History and Black voices are available via YouTube as read alouds, as well.  

 

10 Family-Friendly Movies Highlighting Black History in America 

A Ballerina’s Tale (NR) Documentary, 2015 

Hidden Figures (PG) Drama, Historical Drama, 2016 

Remember the Titans (PG) Sports/Drama, 2000 

Loving (PG-13) Romance/Drama, 2016 

Selma (PG-13) Drama, Historical Drama, 2014 

The Help (PG-13) Drama/Romance, 2011 

42 (PG-13) Sports/Drama, 2013 

Harriet (PG-13) Drama/Action, 2019  

Red Tails (PG-13) War/Drama, 2012 

The Great Debaters (PG-13) Drama/Historical Drama, 2007 

*Many of the films with the PG-13 rating are more suitable for older children and teens as they may contain strong and/or offensive language, violence, and other adult content

 


 

Do you have the Black History resources you would like to share? Comment below! 

 

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