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Celebrating and Honoring Black History Month

Langley Leverett  //  Feb 8, 2024

Celebrating and Honoring Black History Month

During Black History Month, there are countless classrooms and communities uplifting Black stories and joy through literacy. Devoted to diverse storytelling, Scholastic is proud to shine a light on those making impactful change through their every day work and free resources and materials for educators to use in their own classrooms to celebrate and honor Black History Month. 

Free resources include:

  • Utilize Scholastic Teachables in the classroom or at home

    • Visit this YouTube playlist for a collection of inspiring Black stories and moments in history to explore in the classroom or at home together.

    • Learn more about mathematics hero Katherine Johnson, who was an early pioneer for NASA.

    • Read through Martin Luther King’s world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech with this printable and challenge students to explore their own dreams.

    • Discuss Martin Luther King’s legacy and the Civil Rights Movement with this nonfiction comprehension activity.

    • Dive into history and learn about famous historical figures with these printable  fact cards.

  • Yolanda Renee King Inspires on the Scholastic Reads Podcast

    • This month, Yolanda Renee King sat down with Trade Vice President and Executive Editor and author Andrea Davis Pinkney to share more about her new children’s book, We Dream a World.

Feature stories include:

  • Partners and Scholastic honor the legacy of Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Book Harvest hosted a “Dream Big” event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and  Scholastic donated a variety of diverse books to families in the Durham, North Carolina, community. The event highlighted the power of community and a shared mission to bring books and literacy to all children.

    • The Pajama Program shared MLK-themed books and literature, donated by Scholastic, that highlighted Black representation to first-grade and second-grade elementary school children to share values such as diversity, equality, and inclusion among young students.

To read more about our incredible partners and their work around the world, check out the latest Scholastic Impact Report.

For more resources and great reads that feature Black voices and stories, take a look through this round-up.

To keep up and learn more about exciting events and information, be sure to check out Scholastic on Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube channels for content you can share with family and friends, and don’t forget to add the hashtag #ShareBlackStories on any social media posts!