According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, only 8% of high school seniors can identify slavery as the central cause of the American Civil War. This statistic most likely surprises you for one of two reasons:
- You are either in disbelief that this information is not being taught in our schools; or
- Your disbelief is that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War.
No matter your beliefs, as a culture we can be doing more to educate not just ourselves, but also our children on black history. Think about where these lessons are first learned, it’s right at home. If you don’t feel like you are equipped with the tools you need, now is the time to take steps to learn more. This month I will be highlighting books, movies, achievements, and successes of black culture. I would encourage you to pick one or two posts from this month and dig in a little deeper. Read a book or watch a movie as a family (that’s age appropriate) and have a discussion on it. Get involved within your community and find ways to share what you have learned. We owe it to ourselves and the next generation to be honest about our history. #blackhistorymonth