I see Black History Month more as Human History Month. Ingrid Michaelson has a song called “Blood Brothers“. “We’re all the same under a different name.”
I have really enjoyed researching and studying some of the history of African Americans this month. I live in a great city that contains many historical sites. DC is wonderful like that.
At the National Museum of American History, I have seen the chairs used for a sit-in in Greensboro, North Carolina from 55 years ago.
I have seen “Selma”, a movie that made me cry a lot because this is RECENT history. I also watched a 6 hour PBS documentary on African American history and the saddest part was the last segment (and most recent history) because while we have come so far, we still have a long way to go.
I have seen an exhibit by Hale Woodruff called “Rising Up” in the National Museum of American History. It was fantastic — the artist used brilliant colors. I highly recommend seeing it before it closes tomorrow — especially if you can hear from a docent. There are many details you would miss if you didn’t listen to someone who knew what to look for in these pictures. So fascinating.
This is a mural on our school wall. Love it.
While I love studying history, I also know that what I get to do every day by tutoring kids in SE DC is changing lives. I am preparing them for success by helping them become better readers. They have so much potential + big dreams.
The best is yet to come!