7 Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

7 Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

*During the 2019 federal government shutdown, places on this list may be closed. Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors; however, access may change without notice. Some parks are closed completely. Some visitor services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance. Please plan accordingly.  Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

Homeschool Field Trip Ideas – Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

As Black History Month rolls around this February, its a wonderful time to teach our youth about the African American people who paved the way for civil rights in America. You dont need to be African American to appreciate the intense efforts those before us made to help make a positive impact on our country. Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

With todays times being more volatile than ever, its important to reflect upon the past to keep moving forward. That being said, I have loved exploring black history with my daughter, Reese, to learn more about our heritage and how to go into the future with positivity. Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

When it comes to teaching history to kids, black history or any form of history, it can be hard to captivate their attention. But, taking your kids to these 7 places will surely keep them entranced while they learn all about black history this February. Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

1. Civil Rights Museum  Alabama 

While it talks about some heavy tragedies, it focuses on triumphs too that happened in the modern Civil Rights Movement. With kids, its important to be positive. You cant cover up the past but you can show them how even in difficult times, there were people that didnt give up to make America a better place. The exhibits are interesting, plus theres a short film about the power of activism. You can add your name to the Wall of Tolerance too. Additionally, the museum is close to the Alabama State Capitol and the Rosa Parks Museum. 

2. 16th Street Baptist Church  Alabama

Stop in here for a lively sermon if you can to show your kids that despite the evil and negativity in the world today, there is much joy to be found. During the Civil Rights Movement, this church was the meeting point for organized marches and other activities. It was bombed in 1963, a tragic event, yet one that has served as the catalyst for pushing the government to take action and lead the way for civil rights. Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

3. National Museum of African American History  Washington DC 

I promise you that its impossible to walk into this museum, no matter who you are or what your age is, and not be completely captivated by the exhibits. The 12 inaugural exhibitions here are centered around history, culture, and community. Black or not, youll have a better understanding of American history and culture and how it affects all of us regardless of skin color for liberty and equality, something every American deserves. Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

4. Civil Rights Museum  Memphis 

Of all the places weve visited that focused on black history, this was Reeses absolute favorite one. The interactive exhibits that you can explore here are quite possibly the best reason to visit because it brings the stories to life. From the beginning of slavery through the Civil War and on to through today, its a museum that not only showcases artifacts from these times but brings hope by focusing on those that stood up for equality. 

5. California African American Museum  Los Angeles

 

Because this one is close to home, its one Reese and I have been to many times. Any lover of art can appreciate the stunning collections here which focus on African-American works of art that include paintings, films, photographs, sculptures, artifacts, and historical documents from the 1800s on to present-day. Its a beautiful place to see black history through an artful eye, plus there are always workshops and interesting lectures you can catch to make it an even better place to see! Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

6. Martin Luther King Birthplace  Atlanta 

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Reese and I have yet to make it here, but as soon as we get a chance, well tell you all about our visit! You can tour the Visitor Center, Dr. and Mrs. Kings Gravesite, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Historic Fire Station No. 6, and the Freedom Hall all on your own. Theres a guided tour led by a ranger for Dr. Kings Birth Home which is first-come, first served, so youll have to arrive early for your best chance to catch one. On the tour of the home, you get to see where Dr. King was born and where he lived for the next 12 years. Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

The Rangers only permit 15 people maximum per tour and with no reservations accepted, you may find yourself waiting a while to take the 30-minute tour. The good news is you dont have to stand around all day waiting for your chance. You can sign up as soon as you get to the information desk in the Visitor Center and enjoy the rest of the sites while you wait for your turn to tour. Places To Visit With Kids For Black History Month

7. Human Rights Museum  Atlanta 

Another place on our bucket list of things to see in Atlanta is the Human Rights Museum. In the heart of downtown Atlanta, this museum focuses on the achievements of the civil rights movement in America as well as encompasses the entire worldwide human rights movement for all. Its been described to me by those who have been as one of the most inspiring places in the country. There are interactive exhibits, like the Lunch Counter, where you get to feel what it was like for the non-violent protestors in the 1960s. Reese and I cant wait to go and we hope we can make it there in time to catch the new Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit that will open January 19, 2019through March 15, 2019. Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

Each of these places offers children the chance to explore one of the key pieces of American history in ways that are exploratory and inspire them to take a stand against inequality. Homeschool Field Trip Ideas 

 

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