Avoiding Racism in Black History Month Lessons: Free printable Black History lesson plans

Teachers at North Carolina's Western Union Elementary School are taking some heat for a Black History Month letter sent to parents that was deemed racially insensitive. Students were told to dress in "African-American attire" to include animal print clothing or clothes with animals native to Africa, says The Lookout. To avoid, this problem, I'd advise teachers to teach African culture separately from BHM in social studies. I'd assign students to read biographies of famous black American and study specifically African-American history during this month. Either way, this mixup wasn't a racial slur. It was an attempt infuse lessons with creativity and hands-on activities. School Black History Month Dress-Up is Schmaltzy, Not Racist 

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