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Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration that offers an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African Americans have played in the shaping of U.S. history. The month of February was chosen because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the African American population: Frederick Douglass (February 14), an escaped slave, black abolitionist and civil rights leader and President Abraham Lincoln (February 12), who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the confederate states.

Celebrating the contributions of diverse cultures in our country should be something we all look forward to and as early childhood educators it offers us an opportunity to teach young children about the similarities and differences between people. When you talk openly about differences, you help young children foster a greater understanding of other people. So enjoy the opportunity February brings you to talk about and plan developmentally appropriate activities about the rich history and culture of African Americans.


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