Black History Month: Video and Book Recommendations

February is Black History Month, and to celebrate the achievements and role in U.S. history, we are going to share videos for you to share with kids.


Week 1 - Step dance video

Step dance is a form of African-American dance created to blend popular culture and folk traditions.







Week 2 - Bessie Coleman video


Bessie Coleman was the first African-American, woman pilot. Here’s a link to an article and video to learn more about her!

https://sn4.scholastic.com/issues/2020-21/020121/history-makers-bessie-coleman.html#On%20Level


Week 3 - Misty Copeland resources


Misty Copeland recently became the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 2015. Here’s a link to a Scholastic issue all about Misty!

https://sn1.scholastic.com/issues/2020-21/020421.html?promo_code=3829&eml=CM/smd/20210205//txtl/EducationBlog/ed


Week 4 - Louis Armstrong BrainPop video

Louis Armstrong is one of the most influential jazz artists in the history of the United States, most well known for his song “What a Wonderful World.”





Book Recommendations:

Early elementary: Henry’s Freedom Box - available in Movie and Audiobook on Hoopla

Upper elementary: One Crazy Summer - available in eBook and audiobook on Hoopla


For parents:

Nonfiction: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (audiobook on Hoopla)

Fiction: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi