Black History Month

Check back every week in February for ways to learn, celebrate and advocate as a family! #amplifyblackvoices

Through play:

  • Baseball
    • Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. He was a first baseman on the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Red Light Green Light
    • Garrett Morgan was the African-American inventor who patented the traffic signal!
  • Telephone
    • Granville T. Woods was the first African-American mechanical and electrical engineer. He holds more than 60 patents, many related to telephones​
  • Pretend Trip to Outer Space
    • Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to travel in space aboard the Endeavor. She was also a doctor in the Peace Corps

Through art:

  • Research black artists of the past and present. Some ideas:
    • Joshua Johnson
    • Augusta Savage
    • Jacob Lawrence
    • Aaron Douglas
    • Jean-Michele Basquiat
    • Kara Walker
    • Kehinde Wiley
    • Bisa Butler
  • Visit Freedom Crossing at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center
  • Recreate civil rights movement posters
  • Decorate your classroom or child's room
  • Virtually tour the Smithsonian's 8 art exhibits dedicated to black artists

Through music:

  • Learn about stepping with Step Afrika!
  • Visit RadioPublic for their black history highlights of songs and podcasts
  • Watch the 10 plays of August Wilson
  • Tune into Power 96.5, a black-owned local radio station
  • Research black musicians of the past and present. Some ideas:
    • Ray Charles
    • Ella Fitzgerald
    • Prince
    • Louis Armstrong
    • Tina Turner
    • Whitney Houston
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Marvin Gaye
    • Chuck Berry
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • Michael & Janet Jackson
    • Duke Ellington
    • Nat King Cole
    • Billie Holiday
    • Beyonce & Jay-Z
    • Sam Cooke
    • Alicia Keys
    • Diana Ross
    • Queen Latifah
    • Toni Braxton
    • Lauryn Hill
    • Sean Combs
    • Snoop Dogg

Through books:

  • Zawadi Books
    • 1382 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo
    • (716) 903-6740
    • Zawadi is Swahili for "gift", which is exactly what this bookstore is. As one of the longest-running Black-owned bookstores in the country, the shop specializes in books by or about people of African descent. They carry adult fiction and nonfiction, illustrated children's books, poetry, genealogy, cookbooks, young adult books, a local authors section, greeting cards, artwork, T-shirts and seasonal items.
  • Visit the Library
    • The Central Library has a giant display of books out for Black History Month, including fiction and nonfiction
    • You can also download audio books!
    • https://www.buffalolib.org/blog/black-history-month-2022 for a full list of library picks
    • Call the library at 716-858-8900 for more!

Through history:

  • Learn about Black activists & leaders, & the movements they created
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Rosa Parks
    • Ruby Bridges
    • Harriet Tubman
    • Malcom X
    • Frederick Douglass
    • Bryan Stevenson
    • Ciara Taylor
    • Maya Wiley
    • Shaun King
    • Michelle Alexander
    • and so many more!
  • Virtually tour exhibits like the Schomberg Center, Whitney Plantation, National Archives and the Smithsonian
  • Create your own museum on thirteen.org
  • Learn about the Black Lives Matter movement

Through Buffalo:

  • Visit the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
  • Walk through the Michigan St. Archway to Buffalo's African-American Heritage Corridor
  • Walk the Freedom Wall at Michigan & E. Ferry, featuring local artists Edreys Wajed, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and John Baker
  • Visit Freedom Crossing at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center
  • Enjoy the sunshine at MLK Jr. Park or Broderick Park
  • Tour the African-American Cultural Center on Masten Ave.
  • Tune into Power 96.5, a black-owned local radio station
  • Tour the Nash House