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Celebrating Black History Month: Empowering Through Literacy and Representation

Celebrating Black History Month: Empowering Through Literacy and Representation

Pamela Blair |

As we jump into the joyful month of February, a time dedicated to honoring and celebrating Black history, let's explore the profound words of influential black leaders. This Black History Month, we're diving into the magic of literature as a tool for shaping a more inclusive and understanding society. Join us in highlighting the voices of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Carter G. Woodson, while also celebrating the importance of positive representation in children's literature.

1. **W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963):**

"Children learn more from what you are than what you teach."

W.E.B. Du Bois, a trailblazing sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist, highlighted the power of positive examples. Let's ensure that the stories we share with children reflect positivity, helping them grow surrounded by uplifting narratives.

**Legacy of The Brownie Books:**
Du Bois introduced the concept of "Brownie Books," emphasizing the need for literature that showcases the beauty and richness of Black culture. The Brownies' Book, was a monthly magazine for the “Children of the Sun … designed for all children, but especially for ours,”

2. **Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950):**

*"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."*

Carter G. Woodson, affectionately known as the "Father of Black History," recognized the critical role of history in shaping identity. Through literature, we preserve the rich history of African Americans, ensuring that future generations are grounded in a strong and proud tradition.

3. **Maya Angelou (1928-2014):**

*"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color."*

The wise words of Maya Angelou emphasize the beauty of diversity. In literature, diverse voices and stories contribute to a vibrant tapestry, fostering understanding and empathy among young readers.

4. **Barack Obama (1961-present):**
*"The idea that any child in this country is not being taught to read is a scandal."*

Former President Barack Obama underlines the urgency of addressing literacy disparities. Access to quality literature for every child is a crucial step toward building a society that values knowledge and understanding.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let's make it a family-friendly celebration of stories and learning. At Eyeseeme, we're not just a bookstore; we're a gateway to a world of imagination, positivity, and inclusivity. By carrying on the tradition of "Brownie Books," we invite all families to explore the joy of diverse literature. It's not just African American children who benefit—every child deserves exposure to a colorful array of stories that teach empathy, understanding, and the beauty of our shared human experience. So, let's read, learn, and grow together!