In honor of Black History Month, the month of February is dedicated to celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American individuals in the United States. The teachers at New Horizon Academy have put together a list of historical black figures that have made a difference in American history. Each week, you and your child will learn about a new individual and celebrate them with a meaningful activity.
Week One: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was an African American civil rights activist who is most known for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955.
Week Two: George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver (c. 1864-1943) was the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Carver is most known for his agricultural experiments that led to the discovery of alternative uses for products such as sweet potatoes and peanuts.
Week Three: Dr. Patricia Bath
Dr. Patricia Bath (1942-2019) was an African American ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in eye and vision care. Dr. Bath is most known for becoming the first African American female doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention. Dr. Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, a medical device used for removing cataracts in a patient’s eye.
Week Four: Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) was an African American engineer, scientist, astronomer, and mathematician. Banneker is most known for creating the first clock in America, which was made entirely out of wood.
Of course, this list names only a few of the many important African American individuals that helped shape American history. As you celebrate Black History Month with your child, help them recognize other ways you can honor and celebrate black history. To get you started, here are 4 Children’s Books to Read with Your Child to Honor Black History Month.