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White parents, it's time to do the work this Black History Month

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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To celebrate Black History Month, here are 12 ideas for what to do (and a few things to avoid). Why 12? Because Black history deserves your attention all year, and you can make a commitment to practicing a new idea each month.

(CNN)Black History Month is a celebration of Black excellence and you are invited.

Black History Month is a time to consciously center and celebrate Black empowerment and achievements, as well as the legacies of strength and struggle against racism.

So, what does Black History Month mean for teaching White youth with intention and care?

White people parenting today may not have been raised with a focus on Black history, so they may not feel like they know enough or know what to do.

Because Black history deserves your attention all year, and you can make a commitment to practicing a new idea each month.

Black History Month is a great time to make learning about Black excellence an ongoing part of family life.

What a perfect time to learn about Black youth who have made change while teaching White youth they can participate and do so, too.

It's important we explain clearly to White children that one effect of racism is that not enough of us have been taught about Black excellence and that's why we need Black History Month.

It's important White youth aren't inadvertently taught Black people are defined by racism.

It also makes dialogue about race and learning Black history ongoing parts of family life.

White children should learn that justice doesn't grow without people coming together to make that happen; this is just one of many truths of Black empowerment.

White families can celebrate Black History Month in ways that are genuine.

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