Monthly Readings & Resources from Goosefoot’s Anti-Racism Task Force: Should We Celebrate Black History Month?

February 1, 2024

February is Black History Month. Founded in 1926 as Black History Week, the idea was to provide resources and focus for American teachers to discuss often erased, overlooked, and forgotten history.

This month, we’re taking a look into the history of Black History Month, why some think we should stop celebrating it, and why others think it’s more important than ever.

Why does Black History Month matter?, NPR

Knowing the Past Opens the Door to the Future: The Continuing Importance of Black History Month, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Why Not Everyone Supports Black History Month, PBS NewsHour (video)

Why I Don’t Celebrate Black History Month, Merion West

Community Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail

As Black History Month draws to a close, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of community and thoughtful contemplation. On Saturday, February 24, 3-5 PM, community volunteers will take turns reading Dr. Martin Luther King’s impactful letter, the Singer Tina will perform songs from the civil rights movement, followed by a moderated discussion with Diana Sandoval.

Saturday, February 24 | 3-5 PM
Bayview Cash Store, 2nd Floor
5603 Bayview Road