Celebrating Black History Month

This February, California State PTA is proud to join the nation in celebrating Black History Month. This annual observance is a time to honor the achievements, contributions, and history of African Americans. As unit leaders, it is crucial to embrace this opportunity to educate, inspire, and foster a sense of unity within our school communities.

The California State PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has compiled some great resources from educational organizations and schools across California to help you in your school, home, and community. 

We encourage you, as unit leaders, to explore these resources and integrate them into your school’s Black History Month activities. Together, let’s celebrate the rich tapestry of African American history and culture and inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers.

California African American Museum (CAAM):

Located in Los Angeles, the California African American Museum is an excellent resource for both educators and students. Their website provides virtual exhibits, educational programs, and lesson plans that can be incorporated into classroom activities. Explore their offerings at https://caamuseum.org/

Black History Month is American History – California Teachers Association:

The California Teachers Association offers resources for critical reflection and honest conversation with students about our history and future. Visit their website at https://www.cta.org/black-history-month

Black History Month Lessons – PBS LearningMedia:

PBS LearningMedia features a collection of lessons, videos, and interactive activities for various grade levels. These resources cover a wide range of topics related to African American history and culture. Access these valuable materials at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/classroom/posts/2023/01/black-history-month-resources-for-the-classroom

San Diego County Office of Education’s Black History Month Resources for Educators:

The San Diego County Office of Education has a webpage with resources by grade span focused on uplifting the struggles, triumphs, and excellence of the Black community in celebration of Black History Month. Access the resources at: https://www.sdcoe.net/administrative-services/communications/whats-happening/post/~board/news/post/black-history-month-resources-for-educators 

National PTA and California State PTA Information

Don’t forget to access resources, position statements, and resolutions from National PTA and California State PTA to help advance your local advocacy efforts, especially during Black History Month.