Do we still need Black History Month?

 

More Than A Month“Carter Woodson described February as the time we celebrated what we learned about ourselves year-round. By his plan, our study starts March 1.” — Greg Carr

How do you include Black history throughout the year? A good conversation to have with students is the significance of Black History Month in schools across the country.

In the documentary More Than A Month, director Shukree Hassan Tilghman explores these questions while traveling across the country in search of the answer. One of the places he visits is the annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History convention. This year marks the 100th anniversary of ASALH, the organization that launched Black History Month.

This documentary is a great way to initiate conversations in your classrooms about celebrating not only Black History Month, but other commemorative months, heroes, and holidays. Another resource is the book Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Multicultural, Anti-Racist, Education and Staff Development.

Watch a trailer for the film here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOjU9mjo6nA