Black History Month 2022

At the Capital District YMCA, we believe that the histories, stories, and voices of Black people should be centered, honored, and uplifted every day.

Did you know that Black History Month has roots associated with the YMCA?

In 1915, Carter G. Woodson, a University of Chicago alumnus, arrived in Chicago to attend a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Inspired by this celebration where thousands of African Americans had traveled from across the country to see exhibits that highlighted the progress of their people since the end of slavery, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA in Chicago with a small group and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This began the foundation that would create Negro History and Literature Week, renamed Negro Achievement Week, later Negro History Week and eventually Black History Month!

Activities to Teach Children About Black History Month

6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month | Edutopia

Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Black History | Learning for Justice

Celebrate Black History Month by Educating Your Kids and Yourself | She Knows

20 Important Lessons to Teach Our Kids About Black History Month | Mom.Com

How to Honor Black History Month

Honor and Learn This Black History Month | New York Times

20 Things (Big and Small) You can Do to Support Black History Month | Pure Wow