During Black History Month every February, we honor the contributions African Americans have made to our country’s history, share stories of the African American experience, and teach others about how that experience has shaped our country.
One reason we teach history is to help students learn about how our past informs our present and our future. As historians and people interested in history, we must commit to telling the whole story. We must commit to uncovering stories that have been forgotten, overlooked, or not told at all, and shining light on those stories now with the hope that they not only reach a new audience but also inspire and include our students in the larger story of our country.
An HMH book that you can use to teach middle and high school students about African American history during Black History Month is A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, which recently won the Coretta Scott King Author Award. During Black History Month, we have an obligation to explore parts of our history that are difficult to talk about as well as those moments that are uplifting. We must learn to talk about race in America and how it is covered in the press and in books. A Few Red Drops can help you achieve those goals in the classroom.