We celebrate Black History Month to recognize the sacrifices, contributions, and achievements of African Americans to the United States and the world. During this month of national reflection, we are spotlighting some external and internal campaigns that commemorate and explore Black history and culture.
A-Z Aspects of African American Culture Coloring Book:
One of several projects created by our Justice Equity and Diversity Committee (JEDI), this coloring book can be utilized by teachers/educators within their classrooms to help students identify and reflect on some of the many positive aspects of African American Culture. As African American students engage in coloring our hope is their positive self-concept will be reinforced and/or enhanced. The coloring book can be utilized to begin cultural conversations and facilitate the sharing of your student’s positive cultural attributes and experiences. In addition, this coloring book promotes diversity and inclusion within the classroom environment.
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Black History Month Essential Reads:
In celebration of Black History Month, we asked our Guidance Center staff to reflect on the work of the Black Authors, writers, & philosophers who have left a lasting impact on them. The powerful books they selected below touch on everything from the legacy of the civil rights movement to spirituality & self-care. These essential reads get to the heart of many of these issues, so if you’re looking for a way to learn more the remainder of this month – and beyond- check out their recommendations.
TGC Book Club: Black is a Rainbow Color:
The JEDI Committee also held their first TGC Book Club, reading Black is a Rainbow Color written by Angela Joy & stunningly illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Black is a Rainbow Color is a beautifully told celebration of African American people and thoughtfully explores what the Black experience means to a child.
Lunch & Learn: Engaging Black Fathers with Darron Anderson, LCSWA:
Additionally, the JEDI Committee hosted a lunch and learn with Darron Anderson, LCSWA on the topic of “Engaging Black Fathers”. With over 20 years in the social work field, Darron serves as The Clinical Father Engagement Specialist, providing parent coaching to fathers. He is so committed to the advancement of families, that he authored Daddy’s Green Book, which promotes fatherhood and literacy in the home. Darron is also the founder of Green Book Therapy, providing parent coaching, mental health services, and professional consultations on a range of topics related to family well-being and father engagement.
Local Leader Spotlight:
TGC staff were invited to spotlight local African American leaders in the Compton, Long Beach, and San Pedro communities. Read more about these local leaders below!