Kimberly Seals Allers

From MomLogic …

*As a black woman, I’m delighted to see my history celebrated and acknowledged.

But as a mom, it continues to be one heck of a frustrating month. In fact, I’ve grown to hate Black History Month because inevitably one of my children will come home with an absolutely incorrect fact from a well-meaning but not too thoroughly prepared teacher.

For example, one year Kayla came home after seeing the Black History Month play at her mostly white private school. I asked her what she learned from the play. Her response, “that slaves stole things and they didn’t know how to read or write.” HUH???

My correction: Slaves were not allowed to read or write. They would be killed for that. There’s a big difference.

Another year it was yet another assignment to write about slavery or how Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Needless to say, we did something else.

Attention teachers, principals, and all educators in any teaching role imaginable: Black history is more than just slavery. If you are going to teach black history, please don’t just talk about the parts that you feel most guilty about, the parts that come readily to mind or the parts that you were taught in school decades ago.

Now I fully understand that Black History Month was instituted in February because it was the birth month of Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves and Frederick Douglass, a leading abolitionist who helped slaves escape via the “underground railroad.”

However, there are a host of other periods to discuss during Black history Month, like the Civil War, Reconstruction or the amazingly powerful Harlem Renaissance.

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