- Magdalyne Kanjejo
Six Ways To Celebrate Black joy With Your Kids
As parents, we want to raise our children to appreciate and celebrate diversity, including the joy, resilience, and beauty of Black culture. During Black History Month and beyond, there are many ways to celebrate Black joy with your kids. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Read books by Black authors and illustrators
There are many amazing children's books written and illustrated by Black creators. Reading these books with your child is a great way to celebrate BBlack joy and introduce your child to diverse perspectives. Some excellent options include "Hair Love" by Matthew A. Cherry, "Sulwe" by Lupita Nyong'o, and "You So Black" by Theresa Wilson. We also put together this incredible list of 8 books to help instill self-love and Black joy in your kids.
Listen to music by Black artists
Music is a powerful way to connect with and celebrate Black culture. Introduce your child to the music of Black artists, such as Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill and so many more. You can also create a playlist of Black Joy-themed songs for your family to dance to and sing along to.
Watch movies and TV shows with Black protagonists
Representation matters, and it's important for children to see themselves and others who look like them on screen. There are many excellent movies and shows featuring Black protagonists, such as "Super Sema", “Ada Twist The Scientist” and "Karma’s World." Watch these shows with your child and have discussions about what they learned.
Explore Black history and culture
Teach your child about Black history and culture through age-appropriate activities. For example, you can visit a museum or art exhibit featuring Black artists, or make traditional Black foods together.
Support Black-owned businesses
Show your support for Black entrepreneurs by shopping at Black-owned businesses. This can be as simple as buying a product from a Black-owned store or restaurant or seeking out Black-owned businesses in your community to support. This is a great way to celebrate Black joy and support your local community.
Celebrate your own Black Joy
As a family, celebrate your own Black joy by embracing your culture and traditions. This could mean cooking traditional family recipes, listening to music that you grew up with, or sharing stories about your family's history.
Celebrating Black joy with your kids is a powerful way to teach them about the positive aspects of Black culture and history. By incorporating these activities into your family's routine, you can create a more vibrant and inclusive home environment that fosters empathy, respect, and understanding.
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