Hair Love

This Oscar-winning short film, also available as a picture book, is a sweet and joyful story about an African-American father learning to style his daughter's natural hair in his wife's absence. You might also like Heroes of Color and Little Heroes of Color, animated web series of educational videos about underrepresented historical figures including the Harlem Hellfighters and Gaspar Yanga.

 

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Do you know the story of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the Black National Anthem? Find resources at Here Wee Read to help you strike up a discussion about the song with your kids. Then check out Kirk Franklin's version, Beyonce's version, or any version you like best! Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina has filed a bill in Congress to make "Lift Every Voice and Sing" the U.S. National Hymn (listen to story here).

 

Black Lives Matter: An explanation for kids

Brain Pop, an animated educational site subscription, offers some free content that is age-appropriate for elementary schoolers. Consider watching and discussing this explanation of the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests with your family. To go further in depth, try Brain Pop's collection of videos about African-American historyFree video topics on this page include Fannie Lou Hamer and Muhammad Ali. For younger kids, try Brain Pop Junior, with topics including Ruby Bridges and Jackie Robinson.

 

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