Black History Month Events CT in February is the 40th anniversary of our government’s official recognition of this focus. It can be an opportunity for kids (and parents) to learn about the courage of others in our country and how through their efforts America achieved civil rights for everyone. We reflect on and honor the African-American experience from the times of slavery through the present. Everywhere you look, black culture, talent and expression have played an enormous role in shaping America’s past and present. Take time to research with your children and answer questions you both might have, and show them how to accept “colors” of all kinds!
Places to visit with African American themed events:
February 3 storyteller Len Cabral for “Weaving Words Connecting Cultures,” a virtual show for teens, from 6 to 7 p.m. To register, visit danburylibrary.evanced.info/signup. FREE
An Afro Beat Workshop for kids February 4 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Bloomfield Public Library. Sign up bplct.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
Winter STEM in a Box- Celebrating Black History, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford February 15 – March 2
Black History Art Club: Black Lives Matter at Hartford Public Library. The club is geared toward ages 6 to 12, who learn about art created for the Black Lives Matter movement and create their own Black Lives Matter art to be displayed at the downtown branch of Hartford Public Library. hplct.org/events.
Joseloff Gallery at University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. in West Hartford, will exhibit illustrations by Floyd Cooper. Cooper illustrated more than 100 children’s stories about African American history and Black Americans. hartford.edu. FREE
Annual Connecticut People’s World Committee’s arts and writing competition for students grades 8 to 12 on Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. The theme is “Teaching Black History – Making Good Trouble.” Winners will be announced at the virtual event, and all participants will be acknowledged. facebook.com/artscouncilofgreaternewhaven/.
Connecticuthistory.org offers information about Connecticut residents who impacted freedom.
Some books to read with your kids:
I Have A Dream by award-winning artist Kadir Nelsonillustrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech with 17 original oil paintings for his latest book that pay tribute to King’s speech and the civil rights movement. Nelson says he hopes the book will get children thinking about how they can help fulfill King’s dream for America.
Who Was Rosa Parks? of the popular paperback series introudces us to the brave woman who became a civil rights hero because of where she chose to sit on a bus. And The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine tell how two girls overcome prejudice with their friendship when their school in Arkansas faces integration. Both should be available at your school or public library as well as through Barnes & Nobles stores where you can also find a storytime and activity near you!
Black History Month for Kids printables by grade.